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June and September, 2013 (TBD)
Timber Framing in the Rockies

Carbondale, Colorado
Come learn the ancient art of timber frame carpentry. In this six-day class we will learn how to draw out joinery on timbers using the traditional Square Rule layout system, cut mortise and tenon joints with hand tools, and assemble and raise the frame. In addition to hands-on learning, there will be daily demonstrations of tools and technique and several evening slide shows exploring timber framing history, design, enclosure, and more. Stay tuned for more details!
Cost: $TBD
Contact: Sarah Highland
Phone: 607-272-3475
Email: highlandartisan[at]gmail.com
Website: www.highlandartisan.com


May 11 - 24, 2013
Building the Cob and Timber Cottage I

Woodbury, Tennessee
This fourteen-day building intensive will offer a complete introduction to all the skills you’ll need to complete a cob cottage from the foundation to the roof. This workshop offers a unique blend of construction experience in the fundamentals of building cob walls as well as equally important but frequently overlooked details such as plasters, floors, living roofs, and electrical. You will also learn all the fundamentals of building load bearing cob walls, including designing and building a foundation, choosing materials, mixing cob by foot and with equipment, building walls, design and structural principals. The instructors will also guide us through the practical and theoretical aspects of building a round timber roof for our cob cottage. Timber will be harvested on site, peeled, cut and assembled into a roof during this workshop. Roughly half of our time will be spent on new construction while the other half will focus on important (and often overlooked) finish work for natural buildings, including clay and lime plasters, earth floors, windows, earthen wall sculpture, artistic embellishments, and more. We will also include extended classroom sessions covering critical topics like building codes, electrical and plumbing installation, construction budget and schedule planning, etc. For more information and to register, go to www.naturalcottageproject.com.
Cost: $$1,450 with
Contact: Chris McClellan
Phone: 440-682-0502
Email: info[at]naturalcottageproject.com
Website: www.naturalcottageproject.com


May 11 – 16, 2013
Natural Building Essentials: Building with Cob

Woodbury Tennessee
This workshop is a comprehensive introduction to all the basic skills involved in constructing any cob building. In this workshop we will build a stone foundation for a cob building, mix cob both by foot and with equipment, build cob walls, install window and door frames, learn about roofs for cob buildings and much more. This is an excellent course to take if you want to get started in natural building and it will prepare you to build your own basic cob projects. Many people have successfully built their own small cottages after taking this class. For a more in depth experience with all of these techniques and more, you can stay an additional 8 days for the complete owner builder training course (listed above). To learn more and to register, go to www.naturalcottageproject.com.
Cost: $$1,450 with
Contact: Chris McClellan
Phone: 440-682-0502
Email: info[at]naturalcottageproject.com
Website: www.naturalcottageproject.com


June 22-27, 2013
Timber Framing for Everyone! with Sarah Highland

Ithaca, NY
In this 6-day workshop we will cut and raise a small timber frame for an outdoor pavilion. We will divide our course schedule between the hands-on learning of woodworking skills as we cut our frame, daily demonstrations of tools and technique, and several evening slide shows exploring timber framing history, design, enclosure, and more. No previous woodworking experience is necessary; we welcome both complete beginners and experienced carpenters. Participants will learn how to: • Draw out joinery on timbers using the traditional Square Rule layout system • Cut mortise and tenon joints using hand tools • Assemble and raise the frame Registration and Payment due by June 14.
Cost: $$700 - $800
Contact: Sarah Highland
Phone: 607-272-3475
Email: highlandartisan[at]gmail.com
Website: www.highlandartisan.com


July 13 – 26, 2013
Building the Straw Bale Hobbit Sauna

Oxford, Michigan
Learn the basic techniques of natural building as we construct a small sauna building from the foundation to the roof. We will integrate a stone foundation, cob construction, load-bearing straw bale walls, window and door framing, a living roof, and more. We’ll also use traditional woodworking skills to cut and raise a timber-framed pavilion – which may go home with one of our participants! To learn more and to register, go to www.naturalcottageproject.com.
Cost: $$1,450 with
Contact: Chris McClellan
Phone: 440-682-0502
Email: info[at]naturalcottageproject.com
Website: www.naturalcottageproject.com


September 28 – October 11, 2013
Building the Complete Cob and Timber Cottage II

Woodbury, Tennessee
This fourteen-day building intensive will offer a complete introduction to all the skills you’ll need to complete a cob cottage from the foundation to the roof, and the carpentry skills needed for a wide range of natural building projects. We will mix cob by both feet-power and tractor, frame a round-pole roof, and cut a traditional timber frame from square timbers. The workshop will also cover, both hands-on and in classroom sessions, foundation options, how to install windows and doors, and how to install plumbing and electrical wiring in the cob, all at this start-to-finish construction workshop. To learn more and to register, go to www.naturalcottageproject.com.
Cost: $$1,450 with
Contact: Chris McClellan
Phone: 440-682-0502
Email: info[at]naturalcottageproject.com
Website: www.naturalcottageproject.com