Posted on February 6, 2017
The woodshop is managed and run by Sebastian Lindquist, an avid woodworker and artist. Recently, Sebastian attended a weekend woodworking class, “Timber-Frame Primer: Build a Portable Workstation,” taught by Charles Judd at the John C. Campbell folk school Brasstown, NC. They focused on mortise and tenon joinery characteristic of traditional timber-frame woodworking to build a workbench that can be disassembled and reassembled.
Timber-frame style construction is some of the oldest style of construction in human history. It differs from contemporary styles of balloon and platform framing, which focus on using smaller 2×4 inch studs in places of larger post. Timber Framing offers some aesthetic benefits and some additional structural support. Most timber-framing is also constructed without hardware like screws and using traditional tools and methods such as chiseling out mortise and tenons or other more complex forms. If you would like to learn more about Timber-Frame construction, we had some reading material in the IAR Library, and if you would like to give it a try yourself, we have many of the tools necessary for trying timber-frame joinery located in the IAR Woodshop.