15 Years Building Community in Costa Rica
The one thing I do know is that when one is engaged in building community magic seems to happen, and many unsought fruits seem to come about as a result. Perhaps the reason why Costa Rica has proven to be such a successful program for Fox Maple over these past 15 years is that the social structure of the people is based so fundamentally on a cohesive familial and community connection. When ones asks a person from Costa Rica how they are doing, the common response, always accompanied with a broad smile, is "pura vida". Literally translated this means "pure life". But what it really means is something much deeper and innately more intimate. Something which comes much closer to embodying the essence of "perfection and grace puts a smile on your face". Perfection and grace is an ever-present part of life in Costa Rica. We are looking to expand our workshops in Costa Rica this year, due in part to a few minor miracles which have come about. I hope you can join us. Pura vida!—Steve Chappell
Fox Maple was founded in 1975, at a time when the timber framing revival was just beginning to take root. Our motivation to begin building new timber frames grew from our desire to fully understand the nature of this ancient building system. In 1983 Fox Maple expanded its reach beyond the building of timber frames strictly for discerning clients, to include education through Fox Maple School, and the dissemination of information through Fox Maple Press. To this day these three distinct aspects of Fox Maple remain linked through their dedication to the high goals set back in 1975.
Timber Framing & Natural Building Workshops
Fox Maple Timber Framing
Throughout the past 35 years Fox Maple's devotion to building the finest commercial and residential joined timber frames available has never wavered. Fox Maple frames are still designed on a client-by-client basis to meet each clients specific needs, and hand crafted by craftsmen of the highest caliber. Our initial goals set down back in 1975 remain the same—to build exquisitely crafted timber frames for discerning clients.
With the Birth of Brady Hayes Chappell, in November of 2007, Fox Maple now enters into its 4th Generation of a family Timber Framing Tradition. In his short but illustrious life, Brady has taken part in several raising's, including Costa Rica and Asturias, Spain. The future of timber framing now seems to be secure.
To find out how Fox Maple can build your upcoming commercial or residential timber frame project, please send your query with a brief overview of the project parameters and essential details via email. We accept projects worldwide.
Fox Maple Press
Traditional timber framing and joinery techniques are at the core of the editorial content, but Natural Building is an important aspect because traditional building, by virtue of its pure and simple approach, is natural building. Timber, Straw, Wood & Clay; these were the traditional materials of the past, but today we think of them as Alternative Building. JQ offers insightful, technical articles about how to make traditional timber framing, combined with natural building systems, appropriate once again to build houses that will last for many generations. Craftsmanship is a key essential to any building endeavor. Articles in JQ and editorial content take this as the first essential, and present it as such. JQ Back issues offer a unique glimpse into the revival of timber framing through insightful articles.
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Fall 2014 Workshop Dates Posted—Nosara, Costa Rica, T.F. Sept 1-13
Time Flies! 2013 marked
Fox Maple's 30th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.
2014 Timber Framing
Nosara, Cost Rica 2014
Timber Framing Workshops
Combined Intro & Advanced
Sept 1-13, 2014
First Edition of
ADVANCED Timber Framing
At last, this long awaited book is now in stock and ready for immediate shipment.
This is a 368 page, hard cover volume that is jam packed with information about the design and construction of compound timber framed roof systems. From history to Design and Execution, Advanced
Timber Framing has it all covered.
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New Revised Edition
A Timber Framer's Workshop
This 272 pg. Revised Edition has over 150 new photos and includes updated engineering and comprehensive in-depth technical information on the joinery, design and construction of Traditional Timber Frames. Illustrated with over 500 photos and CAD drawings. Click on the book cover for more info or
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