Timber roof framing

Oak Timber Framing: Roof Framing

The Course

The workshop is designed to enable students to frame both a gable and a hipped roof over two simple frames constructed on two previous Timber Framing From Scratch workshops. It covers the lining out, cutting and fitting of common, principal, hip and jack rafters.

The tools and techniques introduced in this workshop are suitable for both new build and repair work.

This workshop aims to develop the students’ knowledge and experience to the specific problems facing the historic carpenter framing with “wet” or “green” oak. It will introduce a solution to framing the timbers together to ensure the correct lengths, bevels and allowances. A range of tools will be demonstrated to illustrate those available both today and historically.

By completing all three workshops students will have covered the lining out and cutting of all the joints required for a simple one-bay timber framed building.

Timber Framing from Scratch – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 379Kb)

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 full participation in the workshop. This includes tuition, tools and materials, teas and coffees. Lunch is available in the Museum café and at local pubs. Local bed and breakfast accommodation and campsite lists are available. Please contact the Museum office on 01243 811021 or email courses@wealddown.co.uk


Mon–Fri 12–16 October 2020






Timber Framing from Scratch