Those Guild members who have been to England to attend the UK Carpenters Fellowship meetings know Welsh artist and historian Laurie Smith and his fascinating research into medieval geometric frame design (see Timber Framing #70 & 90). We now have an opportunity to bring Laurie across the pond to lead a five-day workshop with architect, author and Guild founder Jack Sobon. In the workshop, they will apply the principles of geometric design as they may have been used in colonial America. We will then lay out and cut a small timber frame using tools and techniques appropriate for the period.
The workshop will be held at Bucksteep Manor in western Massachusetts, just a few miles from the Guild's Becket office. Arrival will be on Friday, October 30th, and departure on Thursday, November 5th, when the frame will be delivered to the venue for the Guild's 25th Eastern Conference starting that day in Saratoga Springs, NY (90 minutes away).
Attendance will be limited to 18 people in the workshop, and applicants should have some experience in traditional timber framing.
Fee & Accommodations: The fee for the workshop is $400 for Guild members and $450 for non-members before Sept. 1; the fee increases by $50 after Sept. 1.