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Meet the teachers - Timber frame building

Updated: Apr 1, 2022

The first of our summer courses will be timber frame building (click here for course details), run by three members of the Farey family. Over five days, you will collectively build a simple frame from start to finish learning the basic techniques of timber frame construction. We aim to build a small 3m x 5m cabin, probably using larch.

Adrian Farey and his two sons Joe and Fred form part of the Elwy Working Woods co-operative near Abergele, north Wales. Their social enterprise was established to create jobs and to pass on woodland skills to the next generation of woodland workers. As well as teaching the traditional techniques of timber frame building, they run a small sawmill and other woodland management projects. Building with green timber makes it possible to enjoy the quietness of using hand tools but is also a low-cost building technique which can be applied to any scale project from a characterful garden shed, conservatory or a complete house. You can watch a short video of their project here. If you enjoy a read, Adrian recommends Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-and-Beam Building by Jack A Sobon. 

We hope that Mandy and Rosey, two more members of Adrian’s talented family, will come to teach in Wernog Wood at a later date. Both are basket makers, Mandy weaves traditional and contemporary willow baskets and Rosey works in fine rush. Let us know if you are interested.


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