2016 Workshops Schedule & Dates are Now Posted

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Upcoming Next in 2016

Costa Rica Winter 2016
Timber Framing Workshops
Nosara, Costa Rica

ntro & Intermediate
Timber Framing
Feb. 22 - March 5, 2016. Tuition $2,450
We have slightly restructured this workshop since it was first posted to reflect an 11 day workshop with 2 free days on the weekend (Feb. 27-28) for students to explore the area and also to gear up for the intensive second week of the workshop. We have reduced the price to reflect this as well. In this workshop we will cover both introductory and intermediate timber framing. This is our only workshop of the year to work with naturally curved round timbers and scribing timbers to stone. Students will learn to work with square to round & round to square joinery in the Japanese style. All meals (except on the 27th & 28th) and on-site camping is included.

Costa Rica Natural Building
March 7-11, 2016. Tuition $950
For the first time in Costa Rica we will follow the 2 week Timber Framing session with a formal 5-day natural building workshop. This will focus primarily on clay/fiber based enclosure systems with special emphasis on natural clay plasters, from base to finish coats. All materials will be sourced locally with students. Tuition includes all meals and on-site camping.

Costa Rica Timber Framing & Natural Building Intensive
Feb. 15 - March 19, 2016. Tuition $5,750
For those who truly want to immerse themselves in the full gamut of timber framing and vernacular building from design to finish, including sourcing and milling timbers, square and scribe rule joinery, scribing posts to stone, advanced joinery techniques to natural enclosure systems to finish details, this 5 week intensive Master Study Session is for you. In this course students will have time to go beyond the formal instruction to gain valuable hands-on experience on every level of vernacular building. This could be a truely life-changing experience for those who take part. This session is strictly limited to 5 students, so we suggest registering early to reserve your spot. Tuition includes all meals and on-site camping for the duration.

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Stuff we do

Spring 2015 Intro & Advanced
TF course project. Final raising Cumberland, Maine

Teak Gooseneck Scarf,
Nosara, Costa Rica Fall 2014.

Spring 2005 Advanced TF course project

Asturias, Spain Summer 2008

Costa Rica Teak Frame Casita, 2008

Patagonia, Winter 2006

Raising bent in Costa Rica 2004


Rattlesnake Mtn Project, 2011

Brittany 2013 Photos Posted
To see a Photo Gallery of the
Brittany Workshop click below
Brittany 2013 Photo Gallery

Costa Rica
Timber Framing 2016
The 2016 Timber Framing & Natural Building workshop in Nosara, Costa Rica, is only a few weeks away and currently there are still openings available.
Register Now to assure your spot.

Students at Fox Maple Spring 2008

Bath House Workshop at Fox Maple 2005

Costa Rica Timber Frame 2008

Winter 2016 TF Workshop Nosara, Costa Rica
Feb. 22 - March 5, 2016

PlayaPelada2We will be expanding our 2016 workshop program in Nosara, Costa Rica to include a 5-day natural building course following the timber framing workshop. In addition, for the first time anywhere, we will be offering a 5 week intensive Master Study Program in which students will be exposed to the full range of vernacular building from sourcing and milling timbers to executing advanced joinery to finish details. This course is limited to 5 students and is intended for the serious student who wants to fully immerse in timber framing and natural, vernacular building systems.This is a unique opportunity to experience the full panoply of exuberant timber framing, one that could be life-changing.

In whatever course level you choose to engage there will be ample time to enjoy the natural environment of Costa Rica's Guanacaste coast. From surfing one of the most consistent surf breaks on the pacific coast only a couple hundred meters from the work site, or enjoying a sunrise yoga session on the beach led by some of the planets best yoga instructors, to an afternoon hike to one of the local waterfalls. What better way to spend the winter of 2016? Fully engaged and fully immersed.

IMG_1898All of the finer details of timber framing and natural building will be covered in these workshops just as at our school site in Maine. However, it will also go beyond to include aspects we only occasionally offer in our Maine courses, such as scribe fitting timbers to stone, and working with natural curved round logs, square to round, round to square, in the vernacular Japanese style. Scribe rule and square rule will be used interchangeably. This is the only venue in which we teach this in a direct way, so if you want to understand a much broader depth of Timber Framing, then you should come to this workshop.
Tuition includes all meals & camping on site.

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Costa Rica 2014 Photos.
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Costa Rica 2013 Raising Gallery

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TF & Natural Building Workshops Fox Maple School 2016

Intro Timber Framing

May 30 - June 4, 2016 • Tuition $1,575

Advanced Timber Framing
June 6 - 11, 2016 • Tuition $1,750

Registration Form
For more detailed info click here

2016 Natural Building Workshops Schedule

3 Day Natural Enclosure Systems
May 27 - 29, 2016 Tuition $775.

This 3 day workshop will precede our Spring Timber Framing courses. It will combine classroom and hands-on work with a variety of natural clay systems, giving students a good overview of the variety of practical options available to use natural clay based systems in their building projects. Wood chip clay, Straw clay, cob, clay plastering and more will be covered.
For more detailed info, click here.

Registration Form


Teak Gooseneck Joint. Nosara 2014

Workshops & Events Schedule 2016

Follow these links for detailed info
One-Day Design Seminar
Introductory Timber Framing
Advanced Timber Framing
Traveling Timber Framing Workshops
Workshop & Seminar Overviews

Links to other useful info

A Workshop Primer:

Tools & Lodging Info, a must read
for potential students

Natural Building Workshops
Clay Systems, Cob, Thatching

FMbookletcov1Download the
Fox Maple School Booklet

This booklet describes all of our workshops, the school site, tools and supplies you should bring to the workshop. It also includes timber framing plans of the principal structures at the school site. All of these structures were workshop projects, built by students.
To download click on the cover graphic to the left.

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Time Flies! 2013 marked
Fox Maple's 30th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.

Upcoming Workshops

2016 Timber Framing
Workshops at Fox Maple
Intro Timber Framing
May 30 - June 4, 2016

Advanced Timber Framing
June 6 - 11, 2016

Natural Building 2016
May 27 - 29, 2016

Traveling Workshops
Winter 2016

Cost Rica Winter 2016
Timber Framing Workshop
Nosara, Costa Rica
Feb. 22 - March 5, 2016

Costa Rica Natural Building
March 7 - 11, 2016


ADVANCED Timber Framing
Gold Medalist
2013 Benjamin Franklin
Book Awards

Silver Medalist
2013 IPPY Book Awards


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.
Click cover graphic for more info


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
Order now

Timber Framing Mallets
Available at the Fox Maple Web Store
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Barn Sale

Currently we have no frames Available for sale!!!
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