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Introductory Timber Frame Workshop Series

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Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project

40 Avenue, south of the landfill at the Piper Creek

Red Deer, AB T4R 2T3

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ReThink Red Deer and supporting organizations have teamed up with Top Peg Timber Frame Construction to rebuild the barn at the Piper Creek Community Gardens in south Red Deer as an open-air timber frame structure!

Timber framing is the craft of building with timbers without nails, using posts and beams, joists and rafters, all connected by wooden joinery. Learn timeless techniques and use traditional tools to prepare, join, and raise a barn!

To prepare the materials for the barn, Top Peg's head craftsman, Wayne Froese, is leading a skill-building educational series of timber frame workshops available to the public. These workshops are once a month throughout the summer in anticipation of ReThink Red Deer’s “ReFraming the WaterShed” barn raising from September 26th through the 28th, with a final celebration on September 29 at the project site.

The workshops include:

Session 1 - June 22 - “Introduction Into Sawer World”

Milling mature trees / logs with a portable saw mill.

Lead Trainer: Wayne Froese - Top Peg Timber Frame Construction
Guest Trainer: Riley Edwards - High Peak Timber Framing

Morning: learn to perceive the timber within your logs by using the resources in your 'backyard' including selecting wood species and tips on materials sourcing.

Afternoon: after milling the logs, we'll process knee braces at the Piper Creek site... with hand tools only (no power tools), discuss tool selection, handling, and maintenance including the importance of learning hand tool control. We'll also share 3-D drawings of the knee braces with all measurements and angles.


Session 2 - July 20 - “Why Timber Frame? History and Engineering”

Learn the importance of design, the incredible history of timber framing, how joinery works, the importance of moisture content, and an introduction to power tools.

Morning: continuation of design and layout from Workshop #1 with a basic timber frame lecture and dialogue. Followed by the history of timber framing, the difference between it and conventional framing, wood moisture content, how joinery works, engineering thoughts, enclosures, labeling timbers, and introduction to power tools.

Afternoon: cutting the remainder of knee braces with hand tools and starting into post cuts with a focus on "tenons" where we'll start using power tools.


Session 3 - August 24 - “The Square Rule”

Delve deeper into the design and techniques of timber framing including "The Square Rule".

Morning: layout continued from Workshop #2 including design, engineering, building codes and beam sizing, plus mapping and considering variations in timber sizes.

Afternoon: cutting posts, mortises, and pegging for joinery support.


Session 4 - September 21 - “Raise Me Up!”

Assemble bents, and learn the different ways of raising the structure safely. Revisit the relevance of timber framing in the modern world.

Morning: a seminar presentation at the Renewable Energy Fair + Workshops (Sept 21 - Red Deer College) on the relevance of timber frame construction in the modern world.

Afternoon: assembly of bents, raising script, different ways of raising and safety requirements / precautions, and cutting of remaining barn members at the Piper Creek project site.


Session 5 - September 26 - 28 - "ReFrame the Water Shed"

September 26th - 28th is the scheduled barn raising to “ReFrame the Water Shed”. Workshop participants that complete all four monthly sessions are invited to this fifth workshop / workbee (weather pending) to help raise the barn in celebration of Alberta Culture Days weekend. (Note: individual workshop registration is not available for Session 5).


If you wish to attend for the full workshop series you must pay a non-refundable minimum of $100 down to reserve your spot, or pay in full.

The entire workshop series is $350 +GST and includes a copy of, "Learn to Timber Frame: Craftsmanship | Simplicity | Timeless Beauty". If you aren't able to register for the entire series, individual workshop sessions are available for $75 + GST and are not prerequisite of each other.

Please contact sarah (at) rethinkreddeer.ca for any questions or more information and options for payment.

*Details and dates may be subject to change.

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Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project

40 Avenue, south of the landfill at the Piper Creek

Red Deer, AB T4R 2T3

Canada

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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