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Timber Frame Workshop 2014
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Come join The Year of Mud in June 2014 for a 4 day Timber Frame Workshop in the beautiful Appalachian foothills, outside of Berea, Kentucky.

Using timeless techniques and traditional hand tools, students will learn how to lay out, join, and raise a simple timber frame pavilion. Learn valuable new carpentry skills working as a team to construct a small outdoor shelter in a gorgeous mountain setting, and discover what it takes to build a long-lived timber structure — without depending on nails or screws. Celebrate the summer solstice and raise a timber frame with us!

Timber Framing Workshop 2013Workshop Information at a Glance:

  • Date: June 18-21, 2014
  • Location: Clear Creek, Kentucky (map), home to Clear Creek Festival
  • Cost and Discounts:
    $400 Early Registration Discount (register 14+ days in advance – $50 off savings!)
    $450 Regular Registration (register less than 14 days in advance)
  • All-inclusive: Workshop includes camping accommodations, and 3 square meals a day
  • Off-Grid Experience: Get a glimpse into off-grid living with a tour of the Clear Creek Festival grounds and the tiny home of our hosts!

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New Building Skills You Can Bring Home

Students will spend 4 days learning the historic craft of timber frame construction using mortise and tenon joinery. Material selection, square rule layout, safe hand tool use, frame assembly, and raising techniques are just a taste of the material we will cover in this hands-on course.

timber-frame-workshop-00This workshop presents a great opportunity for folks with limited carpentry or timber framing experience who want to increase their exposure and proficiency with hand tool use to create beautiful timber structures, using the same techniques our ancestors have employed for generations to build barns, outbuildings, and long-lived homes. You do not need any previous experience to come learn the joys of timber framing.

Other course activities will include a tour of an off-grid home, an old tool restoration and sharpening demonstration, and a natural building materials discussion and presentation where we’ll discuss previous examples of our work with timber framing, straw bale, and cob building. We’ll explore other aspects of what it means to live sustainably, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Appalachian foothills, and we’ll eat delicious, home-cooked organic food. What a great way to spend the summer solstice weekend!

We are seeking individuals with all levels of experience. Participants need only enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and an appreciation for working with wood.

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Additional Workshop Information

How to Register

How To Register

Please reserve your spot by completing the workshop registration. Remember, spaces are limited! Do not forget to apply early to earn your registration discount.

Payments can be made via check or (a Paypal alternative) once your registration is complete. Details will be provided once we review your registration. Thanks for joining!

Please contact Ziggy with any questions you may have.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Schedule

Students must arrive the afternoon prior to the official workshop start date. For example, students must arrive on June 17th for the June 18-21 workshop. We will start with a leisurely dinner and introductions. The workshop will end the morning after the official posted date, with the departure of students on June 22nd. Please factor this in to your travel plans!

Travel directions will be provided once students complete their registration.

Food and Lodging

Food and Dining

Unlike other similar natural building workshops, we provide all meals during our workshops. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be lovingly prepared with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. The meals will largely consist of hearty organic vegetarian dishes. You will not go hungry with us! (In fact, you might have a hard time leaving the table after each meal.) We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies. Make sure to indicate any restrictions/allergies in your application.

It is recommended that participants bring snacks and specialty items only if they wish (think nuts, dried fruit, coffee) to supplement the otherwise complete meal service.

Lodging and Accommodations During Your Stay

We provide student accommodations including camping space, access to composting toilets and outdoor shower facilities. These accommodations are already included in the price of the Workshop. Please note: cell phone reception is very poor, and landline telephone use will be available only in the case of an emergency. There is no internet access on the property.

For students that do not wish to camp, indoor accommodations may be available very near to the workshop site.

Travel directions and a packing list will be provided to workshop participants.

Workshop Location

berea-kentuckyAbout the Workshop Location

The 2014 Timber Frame Workshop is located 20 minutes outside of Berea, Kentucky (map) at the Clear Creek Festival grounds. Located on over 90 acres of gorgeous wooded land, the Clear Creek Festival is an annual event dedicated to art, music, community building, promoting healing & transformation, and inspiring all of us to live more sustainably — in harmony with nature and with one another.

This year, The Year of Mud is helping festival organizers Bob and Carrie to develop valuable infrastructure for future Clear Creek Festivals and other events. The timber frame pavilion we build is planned to be the site for the festival ground’s outdoor kitchen.

Berea is a small town in central Kentucky, home to a thriving population of craftspeople, artists, woodworkers, musicians, social activists, and homesteaders. Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community service. The historic Berea College is the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, and its influence on the town remains to this day.


Testimonials From Previous Workshops

timber-frame-worshop-2014-a“I loved learning things I never knew before, working with other folks, accomplishing things together that we could not do alone, [and] seeing something big come together before our eyes. Ziggy and April were wonderful organizers and hosts. Lots of thought and preparation!” – Margaret W., Timber Framing Workshop 2013 participant

“I am so grateful to those of you in the community who genuinely are on fire to effect positive change for our nation, in its immediacy; and the planet, in the realm beyond the daily carrying of water and chopping wood.” – Shand K., Timber Framing Workshop 2012 participant


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