Learn a new skill: Timber framing from scratch workshops
If you like discovering how timber frame buildings were made you will love our timber framing from scratch workshops, as they take you from the raw timber to the “reared-up” carcass of a structure.
Learning from the past is at the heart of the Museum’s course programme. In terms of timber framing this is made possible due to the Museum’s Collection, which contains a large number of timber frame buildings from the 17th century to the 19th century. These vary from rural houses to farm buildings to craft workshops and they all have a wide selection of visible and informative marks left on their surfaces. Joe Thompson has run over one hundred of these week-long practical workshops, since 1998, and is well versed in taking students on this exciting journey of learning and discovery.
Timber framing from scratch courses include:
By being able to combine the practical work with short site tours, students can see how the historic carpenters solved problems when they are guided around some of the Museum’s buildings by Joe. This enables each student to put into practice a range of historic techniques and to know that they are probably close to “stepping in their footsteps”.
The tips and tricks taught during these weeks have been proven in the workshops over the last twenty years. They are the essential rules that work time and time again, based on the evidence of the Museum’s Collection and buildings in the Weald and Downland region. After attending one of these workshops you will look at timber framed buildings afresh.