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In-Person Timber Framing Class (5/19/2025 - 5/23/2025)

In-Person Timber Framing Class (5/19/2025 - 5/23/2025)



This class will be 5 total days.  Monday 5/19/2025 - Friday 5/23/2025.

Located in Portland Mi. 


In this class you will learn everything you need to know to build your very own Timber Frame. We will start with raw timbers and cut, assemble, and raise the finished frame at the end of the week! It is designed for both beginner and advanced woodworkers and builders.


The class will cover:

  • The different methods of Timber Framing (we use Mill Rule Layout)
  • Storing, sorting, and identifying defects on timbers. 
  • Tool overview and proper use.
  • Undertanding/reading of cutlists and plans.
  • Cutting to length with hand saws.
  • Sharpening chisels. 
  • Accurate layout of joinery.
  • Cutting mortise/tenons/dovetails with hand tools 
  • Saw milling, chain mortiser, power planer, and other timber framing power tool demos.
  • Assembly and raising of the final frame!


~~ I partnered with Shelter Institute (another Timber Framing School in Maine) to get full access to their 12-hour online Timber Framing Course AND thier SIP Panel class (valued at $900). There is alot that you will learn in this in-person class and with the online class you can always go back and refresh your skills which is super helpful! Shelter's online classes are EXCELLENT and also cover engineering, drafting, and SIP buildings concepts that we will not be going over in our in-person class. This online version of the class is a great additional value that no other timber framing school provides free to their students.  


Once you sign up you will recieve a document with additional information such as the tools you need to bring, lodging, nearby airports, food options, etc. 


** The total price of the class is $2000. This $500 payment is a non-refundable deposit and will be applied to the total. An invoice will be emailed for the remaining $1500 balance. The balance can be broken into 3 equal payments if you would like. Total balance must be paid 7 days before the start of class. I am willing to work with students any way I can to help so dont hesitate to reach out regarding payments.


Required Tools (more details on tools will be emailed when you sign up) 

  • 1 ½” Timber Framing Chisel, Barr, Robert Sorbey,  Messerschmidt, or Japanese 
  • 1.5” – 2.5” wide Timber Framing Slick. 
  • Japanese Timber Framing Saw (Silky Genki Saw or Alternative)
  • Sharpening Guide (Veritas MkII)
  • Sharpening Diamond Stone Set or Sand Paper System
  • Honing strop 
  • Tool Bag: Any sort of tool bag to safely store your tools while they aren't being used. 24” long is a nice size.
  • Marking Knife 
  • Tape measure 25’
  • Framing Square
  • Combination Square




  • American Heritage Inn.                      Portland, MI.                  1 Mile
  • Super 8.                                                     Ionia, MI                         9 Miles
  • American Inn & Suites                         Ionia, MI                        16 Miles
  • Several Hotels on the west side of Lansing MI                   18 Miles
  • There are several campgrounds in the area.
  • Free Camping on our property. There is a bathroom with toilet and sink, but no shower. There are some local showering options.




  • Lansing                       17 Miles
  • Grand Rapids           32 Miles
  • Flint                              60 Miles
  • Detroit                        91 Miles
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