Timber Framing Photo for Duluth Folk School
December 26, 2018

Entry Into the Craft of Timber Framing

  • Day 1 of 3
     February 15, 2019
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2 of 3
     February 16, 2019
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3 of 3
     February 17, 2019
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Timber framing is a traditional method for construction using large timbers and carefully fitted joints to make beautiful structures.  This class will help you develop the skills to make your own timber framed arch.  You will learn how to lay out and cut the most common joint in timber framing: the mortise and tenon.

You will join two post timbers to a header beam and stiffen up that assembly with two braces to form a beautiful and functional archway.  Joinery will be cut in many different ways using both hand and power tools.

When it’s done, you’ll have created a timber framed arch. Here’s one that’s mostly done (this one is upside down):

Minor modifications to the arch can be made to suit your own interest and needs.

Along the way, you will learn early layout methods that require only simple drawing techniques. Other layout methods and joints will be discussed, as well as how this timber framing project can be scaled up to a full structure.

Registration Includes

Instruction and all materials, which includes $170 worth of lumber (locally sourced rough-sawn white pine) and other materials, per person.

Skill Level

No prior experience needed, but having a basic familiarity with carpentry tools/terms would be helpful.

Best for Ages…

18 years old and up.  14 -18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

You should bring…


  • Carpenters pencil or 0.9mm mechanical pencil
  • Utility knife with new blade
  • Eye protection (we have extras)
  • Hearing protection (we have extras)
Timber Framing Tools at the Duluth Folk School

Examples of tools to bring, if you have them


  • 2 foot framing square
  • 1.5″ timber framing chisel (sharp)
  • 2 pound wooden mallet
  • Handsaw

If you have it, please bring:

  • Circular saw (with a good blade)
  • Extension cord (25ft)
  • Belt sander (40grit belt)
  • Power drill



1917 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Located on street level. Handicapped accessible.

Main Floor Space


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Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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