June 1, 2019

Timber Framed Sawhorse

  • Day 1 of 2
    November 9, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2 of 2
    November 10, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

In this class, you will be introduced to timber framing techniques while you build a sturdy white pine sawhorse.

This type of timber framing comes from the German tradition, where a full scale layout is drawn up, which serves to mark timbers for compound angles. The beauty is that all the measurements are very simple and the angles are derived without calculation.

During the instructor’s apprenticeship, years ago, this particular sawhorse was one of the first assemblies each apprentice put together.  It is an essential introduction to a method with which very complex structures can be built.

You will learn to use a story pole, hand saws and power saws, mallet and chisel, and a few geometry tricks. In the end, you will go home with a sawhorse that will carry almost any load you can put on its back! A paper version and description of the process will allow you to reproduce the layout at home and create as many horses as you need!

Registration Includes

Instruction and all materials, which includes locally sourced rough-sawn white pine for your very sturdy sawhorse! The instructor will have materials for a second horse available for sale at the end of class.

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)


  • 2 foot framing square
  • 1.5″ timber framing chisel (sharp)
  • 2 pound wooden mallet
  • Handsaw
Timber Framing Tools at the Duluth Folk School

Examples of tools to bring, if you have them

If you have it, please bring:

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

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


Located on street level. Handicapped accessible.

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


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