Sold out - oak timber framing: jowl posts course

Oak Timber Framing: Jowl Posts

SOLD OUT – Please email courses@wealddown.co.uk to be added to the waiting list.

The Course

It will introduce solutions to framing the timbers together to ensure the correct lengths, bevels and allowances, and will aim to provide a detailed knowledge of the use of double-cut scribing, and string-line and plumb rule layout.

In this workshop the primary timbers of a timber-framed building, namely the posts, plates, beams and cills will be lined-out, scribed, cut and fitted. This course will focus on historic tools and techniques. This workshop aims to develop the students’ knowledge and experience to the specific problems facing the historic carpenter framing with “wet” or “green” oak.

The Tutor

Joe Thompson of Sussex Oak & Iron is carpenter in residence at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. He teaches a range of historic carpentry courses at the Museum. He has developed a keen analytical eye and a scholar’s passion for following and interpreting the evidence along with a natural skill in teaching.

Participant Information

The course will be limited to 8 participants, and is suitable for everybody, from complete beginners to experienced carpenters. As most work will take place in the unheated Gridshell workshop, warm and practical clothing should be worn and a pair of steel-toe safety boots are required.  Stills photography and note taking is encouraged. Video photography is not permitted.

Fee & Refreshments

£550 per person for the workshop. This includes tuition, tools and materials, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know if you have any dietary requirements. Lunch is available in the Museum cafe and at local pubs.

Book course


Mon–Fri 5–9 July 2021




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