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Spiffy Biffy Timber Framing Workshop

June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - June 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

Timberframing example

Timberframing uses mortis joinery instead of modern nails and other means of holding joints together.

Date:  Saturday, June 24 and Sunday June 25 Time:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day (1 hour for lunch) Cost:  $200/person

Spiffy the Biffy – Introduction to Timber Framing

This two (2) day course will teach you some of the basics of timber frame design, layout, cutting, and raising.  Mentored by two experienced professional timber framers (and enthusiastic instructors) you will be immersed in wood appreciation and craft.  We will build an 8×8 outbuilding using timbers and mortice and tenon joinery. With a mixture of power and hand tools. Learn how to grade, layout, cut and raise a traditional timber frame.

This is furniture building on a large scale and the resulting structure will enhance the infrastructure of Wildwood Ecoforest.  This is a hands-on course starting with a pile of timber and set of plans – ending with a standing timber frame ready for use.

In particular, you can expect to cover the following topics:

  • Spiffy Biffy design overview
  • Reading plans (identifying reference plans and piece naming convention)
  • Discussion of layout systems (brief)
  • Example piece layout & cutting
  • Assignments (each attendee responsible for a component)
  • Layout techniques
  • Checking layout
  • Cutting procedure (hand tools, power tools)
  • Finishing
  • Assembly and Raising
  • Debrief

The Instructors:

Randy Churchill was trained as a Mechanical Engineer, and then followed his father’s lead to a career working with wood.  He has been designing, cutting and raising custom timber frames for 20+ years – more than 150 unique structures of all sizes.  He is very active in the Timber Framers Guild – having served as Project Manager, Director, and President over his years of Membership.  You can see examples of his projects on his Churchill Timberworks website.

Michael Hollihn is an EcoForester, traditional timber framer and natural builder. His focus is building with sustainably harvested timber and designing frames that can last hundreds of years using traditional European and Japanese joinery.

What you need to bring:

  • pencil, square
  • 1.5″ framing chisel
  • mallet
  • ear and eye protection
  • water
  • lunch and snacks

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June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am
June 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


Wildwood Ecoforest
2929 Crane Rd
Ladysmith, BC v9c1c8 Canada
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