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A Timber Framer's Workshop
Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames
by Steve Chappell.

"Throughout the book, Chappell shares an infectious love of the art and craft of timber framing. A
journeyman carpenter would be able to cut a timber frame with the information presented in this
book...His comprehensive 'Joinery Design', 'Tension Joinery', and 'Roof Framing & Truss Design'
sections are technical enough to hand to your engineer, but also comprehendable by the layman."
--Fine Homebuilding Magazine

This 250 page workbook includes comprehensive in-depth technical information on the joinery, design and construction of Traditional Timber Frames. Illustrated with over 230 photos and CAD drawings. Included are Frame Plans, design and engineering formulae, rule-of-thumb design and engineering guidelines, shop setup, builder's math, joinery design criteria, practical timber framing tips, tools and more. If you are an architect, engineer, builder or an aspiring owner builder wishing to build your own timber frame, A Timber Framer's Workshop will provide the information you need.
ISBN 1-889269-00-X  $30 cover price.
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Fox Maple School of Traditional Building

Timber Frames for Sale

Each year we cut numerous frames in our workshops. Some are constructed at the school site as permanent addiditons to our infrastructure, serving also as models of timber framing systems and joinery design, while others are sold to past students or passersby after the fact. We are inclined not to presell the frames as our motive is to teach joinery and design concepts and to promote creativity. This, more often than not, leads to design changes during the process of the workshop prompted by the students as they begin to develop their own understanding of the sublte (and not so subtle) elements of design. Having these frames pre-sold, we believe, would hinder our flexibility and our students creativity. However, we undoubtably cut more frames than we can use each year and now and again they begin to add up. Scroll down to view an isometric plan and brief description of the timber frames we have available.

While these frames are cut by students, the quality of joinery is at a very high level. Each of these frames were cut and erected in workshops. After dismantleing, they have been fine tuned, sanded, oiled and packed ready for shipping. These frames are being sold as ready-to-assemble packages and come with detailed framing plans. All timbers are clearly marked for ease of assembly and raising. Anybody with basic building skills and common sense should be capable of assembling and raising these frames with just a few people. In most cases a crane will be necessary.

For more information about any of the frames listed below, please send us an email specifying which frame is of interest. We will promptly return an email with specific details and prices.

Due to the overwhelming interest in our workshop frames we have now made available special frame packages for two of our most popular workshop designs, the 16'x22' Saltbox and the 22'x32' Hammerbeam Cape. These special frame packages are available in limited quantities and on a first-come-first-served basis. Scroll down for brief description and email for prices and complete package description.
If you would like to have a custom designed frame cut to fit your exact needs, please contact us via email.

16'x22' Saltbox

This is a white pine frame with oak braces. The frame is clear span 16'x22' and is designed to accommodate a second floor. Frame can be purchased with or without second floor system. The roof pitch is 12/12 and the posts are 10' plus, which can be cut to accommodate your needs and the first floor system design. This could be placed on a concrete slab, or a conventional floor frame system. The sills shown in this drawing are only to give sense of scale, and are not included in the frame. This frame would make a comfortable cottage, or a nice workshop space.

22'x32' Hammerbeam Cape

This is a white pine frame with oak braces. The frame is clear span and is designed to accommodate a second floor loft in one bay with a cathedral bay dominated by the hammerbeam bent. The frame package is available with or without the second floor loft system. The roof pitch is 12/12 and the posts are 10' plus, which can be cut to accommodate your needs and the first floor system design. This could be placed on a concrete slab, or a conventional floor frame system. The sills shown in this drawing are only to give sense of scale, and are not included in the frame. This frame would make a comfortable cottage, or a nice workshop space.

Email for prices and more information. Please specify the frame(s) of interest.