Those of you interested in getting the full Shelter Experience in person, should consider our Three Week Intensive Design Build + Purely Post & Beam Class. This course combines the curriculum of our Design Build Class and our Purely Post & Beam Class to give you the most comprehensive training in designing and building your timber frame home from the ground up. The course includes a currated list of extra reading matieral as well as the Full Set of timber framing tools.
This is the updated version of our original Design Build Course with an updated curriculum and added reading material for students to get the most out of their time here at the Shelter Institute Campus.
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 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.