Timber Frame Your Tiny Home

May 18th – June 7th, 2014

Are you interested in building your own tiny home using natural materials and simple techniques?  Have you always wanted to learn the timeless craft of timber framing: joining large timbers with a traditional mortise and tenon?  During this three week timber frame intensive students will be guided through the design, layout and joinery of their own timber framed tiny home by a team of experienced timber framers.  This course is intended to not only build confidence in the participant’s ability to cut timber frame joinery in the future but, if desired, to actually cut a basic frame for the participant to take home and raise.

During this week, students will either select a frame design which they will plan on cutting and taking with them or they will choose to work on a frame being cut for Aprovecho’s campus.  Those students who desire to take their frame with them will pay for materials while those working on an Aprovecho frame will not be responsible for materials cost.

The Learning Objectives for this intensive are:

  • Mortise and Tenon joinery
  • Edge-rule timber framing
  • Center-rule timber and round pole framing
  • Sharpening with stones
  • Laying out timber and round pole joinery (following plans)
  • Proficiency in the use of basic timber frame tools
  • Proper timber frame fit-up and pegging
  • Laying out and cutting knee braces
  • Horizontal and vertical forces on a frame


Bill Sturm, Oregon Timberworks

Chris Foraker, Aprovecho

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