2017 Workshop Schedule & Dates are Now Posted

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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

Timber Framing Workshops at Fox Maple School 2017
Intro Timber Framing

May 29 - June 3, 2017 • Tuition $1,575

Advanced Timber Framing

June 5 - 10, 2017 • Tuition $1,750

Registration Form
For more detailed info click here

ShopDSC0074a2017 Marks Fox Maple's 35th Year Teaching Perfection & Grace

When Fox Maple held its first timber framing workshop back in 1983, the revival of timber framing in the US was just beginning to move into high gear. At that time, our shop was over booked with frames to cut and operating at the limit of capacity. Blessed with an incredible crew of extremely talented timber framers, we were pumping out frames at a remarkable rate, but still we had clients we just could not fit in. As this list grew, it seemed that one likely alternative would be to hold a workshop and teach these people and others how to build their own timber frame. 

In the spring of 1983, we shut down the shop for a week and opened the doors to host a group of students who came from across the country and Canada to learn what we could teach them about timber framing. What resulted was something that actually altered the course of my life. 

Since that first workshop in 1983, I have conducted hundreds of workshops and hosted thousands of students from around the world. And while I may not remember names, be assured I do remember every student and the exchange we had. For this experience alone, how can one count the measure of the richness of one's life? 

2017 represents Fox Maple's 35th anniversary since we first opened the doors of our shop to students back in 1983. With a much needed sabbatical looming on the horizon to complete my new book, 'The New Vernacular House', among other writings, it is quite possible that our Spring 2017 workshop series just may constitute the final Fox Maple Workshop series in Maine ever. So, if you have ever wished to take part in a Fox Maple workshop, now is perhaps your last chance to do so.

Thanks so much to everyone who has participated in our workshops over these year, I look forward to an equally eager class this coming June. And, as all of our past students can attest to, perfection and grace really does put a smile on your face. 

Vive Jean-Claude,

Steve Chappell

Timber Framing Workshops at Fox Maple School 2017
Intro Timber Framing

May 29 - June 3, 2017 • Tuition $1,575

Advanced Timber Framing

June 5 - 10, 2017 • Tuition $1,750

Registration Form
For more detailed info click here

Fox Maple Nosara, Costa Rica
Updates to come

PlayaPelada2Fox Maple Nosara is an ongoing work-in-progress, with plans to make the property one of the most unique learning centers in the Costa Rica, if not the universe.

We will be postponing our regular workshop series for 2017 in Nosara, but are planning to continue expanding the infrastructure during this time. One of our major efforts for 2017 will be the construction new reciprocal roof pavillion, which will become the most exuberant reciprocal roof structure on the planet.

This will be a project beyond the scope of a regular workshop, but we are considering the possibilities of making it a work effort to include up to 10, maybe 15, past students, hand-picked, to come join us for a month to cut and erect the frame. This will be by invitation only, no fee, but also no pay, however all expenses will be covered once you arrive on site. IMG_1898As you might imagine, we have accumulated a list of top students over the years to draw from. Perhaps you are one of them.

The pavillion project is still in the planning stages, but we should have the final design details and construction schedule worked out in the next 6 weeks or so. Once we have this all set, we will be sending out the invitations or in some other way be in contact with the chosen ones.

Thanks and stay tuned....


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Costa Rica 2014 Photos.
Click here

Costa Rica 2013 Raising Gallery

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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! 2017 marks
Fox Maple's 35th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.

Upcoming Workshops

2017 Timber Framing
Workshops at Fox Maple
Intro Timber Framing
May 29 - June 3, 2017

Advanced Timber Framing
June 5 - 10, 2017


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
Go to the Web Store!

Clearing Out the
Barn Sale

Currently we have no frames Available for sale!!!
Check Them Out!!!!

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