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Timber Framing & Raising: May 8-13, 2017

May 8 @ 9:00 am - May 13 @ 5:00 pm
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Timber Framing & Raising

Tillers’ Timber Frame classes specialize in historical post and beam construction featuring hand tools such as boring mills and framing chisels. Modern power tools are demonstrated and used on the margins. The classes build skills for producing quality work with or without the use of electricity. The key to good handwork is in knowing the strengths of tools and keeping them sharp.

Enjoy the full experience of preparing timbers and raising a timber framed building. Learn to fit mortise and tenon joints and peg them with white oak. This is very much like barn building 150 years ago. An engineer will discuss design elements. Skilled framers guide you through layout, boring and chiseling mortises, forming tenons, cutting wind braces, assembling bents, and finally the thrill of raising day! Enjoy real teamwork! The timber frame is frequently sold to help defray the costs of instruction.

Chris Newman of Newman Carpentry in Vicksburg, MI is this year’s instructor. He’ll lead students through to the completion of a 10×16′ frame with a 12/12 roof pitch. See a rendering below.

Spring Project 2017


Tillers International is a member of The Timber Framers Guild, a educational non-profit dedicated to the art and science of timber framing and keeping this craft alive in today’s world.




Start: May 8 @ 9:00 am
End: May 13 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: $600
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Address: 10515 OP Ave E
Scotts, MI 49088 United States


Enrollment 4 to 12
Minimum age 16
Tuition fee $600
Instructor(s) Chris Newman