Advanced Timber Frame Joints

Advanced Timber Frame Joints


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Discover beautiful, traditional woodworking skills with Carwyn Lloyd Jones, CAT’s Master Carpenter.

A three-day follow-up to our introductory workshop on Traditional Timber Frame Joints, this course is aimed at anyone who has mastered the basics and wants to move on to more advanced carpentry techniques.

Key information

  • Duration: three days
  • Upcoming dates: please see booking section below for all available dates
  • Start and finish times: starts at 10am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fees: waged £500; low waged / concessions £450
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board accommodation (shared). Single accommodation is available for an additional fee
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is recommended

What you will learn

So you already know the basics of how to measure, mark out and cut typical joints used in timber framing? If so, then this is the course for you. If not, you might consider taking our one day course in Traditional Timber Frame Joints first.

This three-day advanced practical course will cover a range of topics, including:

  • The features, benefits and various applications of the beautiful and traditional mortice and tenon timber joint
  • Layout systems including mapping and mill, scribe or square rules
  • Tools – for layout, cutting and boring
  • Procedures for layout and cutting
  • Finishing, detailing and improving your technique
  • You’ll also take a tour of the experimental and innovative timber frame buildings across the CAT site, which have been built over the last 40 years. We will use these buildings and other demonstration structures on site as a reference to the joints you will be creating.
  • The course is for you if you are considering your own timber frame project, big or small, a whole or part structure, whether on your own or as part of community group, and want to add beautiful and traditional features to the design.

Meet your tutor

Your tutor Carwyn Lloyd Jones has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and is an expert in timber framing. Carwyn and his designs have starred in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Cabins in the Wild; the Build a Tiny House course that he teaches at CAT has been featured in The Guardian.

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