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 continuously 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.
We know that it can be hard to take a week or two away from "real life" to take a class at our Campus in Maine so we have created an online Timber Framing Class. In it we cover in detail all of the things you need to know in order to build a 24x24 1-1/2 story timber frame structure. In addition to the video tutorial that you can take at your own pace (and as many times as you would like), you will receive a set of cut sheets for the building as well as access to the experts with questions and an invitation to our Purely Post & Beam Graduates Page on Facebook.