Intensive courses that provide you with extensive home building knowledge from site planning to foundations, insulation, engineering, design, wiring, plumbing, tool knowledge and the ability to Design and Build. Whether you have been dreaming of building a home or are already heavily involved in the building industry; the Design Build course or the Contract-It-Yourself course will provide a new understanding of construction and confidence in your ability to complete a project.
In this one-week class we start with raw lumber, and in five days cut and raise a 24x24-foot timber frame by hand. The days are spent on site designing, cutting, and raising a post and beam frame. You will learn to select, use, and care for a complete set of timber framing tools. After the sharpening workshop you'll be able to shave with your chisels. In five short days, you will turn fresh lumber into a carefully crafted houseframe and leave knowing how to design and build your own.
We are continually learning at Shelter, and we know that others can bring to us their ideas and skills. Shelter invites guest speakers who are innovative in their field. Our guest courses are selected with careful consideration.
The Tools for Women workshop series begins with Basic Tool Selection. The next class in the series, Sharpening for Women, continues where the last course left off. Sharpening is essential because sharp tools are safer and more fun to use. Hands-On Sawhorse Building Workshop for Women, a course which gives women an opportunity to put tools to use by precisely measuring, cutting, and assembling their own sawhorse to take home and brag about. The Power Tool Selection for Women workshop teaches women how to size and select the right tool and buy with confidence.
The series concludes with the Purely Post and Beam for Women course. During this week-long course the class builds and raises a 24’x24’ timber frame, complete with notched braces, dovetailed tenons, and wedged mortise and tenon joints, all made with hand tools. This is Shelter’s most popular course, offered for the first time just for women.
Courses are open to women regardless of where they fall in the spectrum of building, renovating, maintaining, or woodworking. Attendees need not have taken any of the previous courses to sign up.
We've noticed that there are a handful of products that we spend a lot of time discussing with individual customers; so much time that we thought you ight be itnersted in joining us for a free series of round table discussions before you buy. Although these sessions are free of charge you must register beforehand as are a limited number of seats. View our schedule for a list of upcoming discussions.