2017 Workshop Schedule & Dates are Now Posted
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Timber Framing Workshops at Fox Maple School 2017
2017 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?
While workshops have always been one of the highlights of my year, I immerse myself into them so fully that many other aspects of work and life go unattended. Over the last few years we have slowly decreased the number of workshops each year and I had fully intended to make 2017 a sabbatical year, to devote time to writing, among other things, and to completing my new book, The New Vernacular House. This book will complete the trilogy of my timber framing books to include the more organic elements of working with natural curved timbers, scribing timbers to timber and timber to stone, along with the full panoply of natural, clay based enclosure systems which, I believe, are the most suitable and practical with which to enclose timber frames.
In my silence on my intentions these past few months, we have been bombarded with emails and inquiries as to our 2017 Workshop Schedule. Most of these have gone unanswered, so please forgive me on that account. In response at last, and also realizing that 2017 does in fact represent Fox Maple's 35th anniversary since we opened the doors of our shop to students for the first time back in 1983, I have decided to postpone the sabbatical for a few months and to conduct our spring workshop series—and what just may constitute the last Fox Maple workshop series—in our regular slotted time, this coming June.
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.
Fox Maple Nosara, Costa Rica
Fox 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. As 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.
Teak Gooseneck Joint. Nosara 2014
Workshops & Events Schedule 2016
Time Flies! 2017 marks
Fox Maple's 35th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.
2017 Timber Framing
Workshops at Fox Maple
Intro Timber Framing
May 29 - June 3, 2017
Advanced Timber Framing
June 5 - 10, 2017
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
Timber Framing Mallets
Available at the Fox Maple Web Store
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