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Timber Frame Preservation Class

September 17 - October 8



Start: September 17
End: October 8
Cost: $1,070
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Heartwood School
Johnson Hill Road
Washington, MA 01223 United States
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Heartwood School
(833) 478-9663
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A Guide to Understanding, Documenting, and Repairing Historic Timber Framed Buildings

Beginning with a brief history of the craft of timber framing and an understanding of historic joinery and traditional layout systems, participants will learn methods for documenting and dating historic structures with both traditional methods and high-tech gadgetry. The course will address the evolution of preservation philosophy and the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The repair of timber framed buildings will be addressed for both in-situ and in-shop work, including shoring, dismantling, types of repairs, hardware, and appropriate structural considerations. Classroom presentations will be balanced with field trips to nearby old timber framed buildings for examination. The majority of the course will take place at the Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH. We will take one field trip to the South Church in Portsmouth. It’s a short 5-minute walk from the Strawbery Banke Museum. The South Church has a fantastic example of scissors truss roof with some 20th century repairs.

Some of the topics that will be covered include jacking, cribbing and temporary stabilization, repair joinery and joinery decisions.

This course is geared to contractors, architects, engineers, timber framers, and owners of old timber framed buildings.



9/17/24 – Tuesday 6pm-8:30pm

9/19/24 -Thursday 6pm-8:30pm

9/24/24 -Tuesday 6pm-8:30pm

*10/8/24 – Tuesday 6pm-9pm


Monday September 30th through Wednesday October 2nd, 9am-4:30pm.


Instructors for this course are Michael Cuba and Dan Boyle. See navigation for instructor bios.

Note: This class is a hybrid class scheduled to take place on zoom for a few evenings in September as well as an in-person segment in Portsmouth, NH.


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