Instructors: Joshua Thornton
Dates: June 14th to 18th, 2010
Fees: $525* CDN
for registration: MONDAY MAY 24. Additional fees will apply after
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*fees include lunch for particpants during workshop days and camping
Perhaps as a gut response to the rise of CNC machining in the
timber framing industry, plumb line scribe techniques have gathered
a steadily increasing body of practitioners in North America these
last several years. Allowing the timber framer to use material
otherwise unfit for square rule timber frame construction, plumb
line scribe techniques open the door to truly utilizing low processed
local timber to it’s maximum potential! Incorporating natural
curves, cambers, twists, bows and other irregularities often to
the framers advantage is one of the key benefits.
The plumb line scribe is at once incredibly simple and phenomenally
advanced. Conceptually based in geometrical relationships, the
first step is to layout a section of the building – full
scale - on the layout floor. All of the critical information which
relates to the building geometry is then directly lofted off of
the floor using plumb bobs or spirit levels. Simultaneously, the
information which relates to the idiosyncrasies of each individual
timber are referenced to the plumb line and transcribed onto their
These techniques form the basis for resolving incredibly complex
building geometries without ever using trigonometry (or even requiring
to know the roof pitch!).
While this workshop is suited to the seasoned timber framer, looking
to add new skills to their repertoire, beginning timber framers,
unclouded by years of other habits, take to the technique rather
remarkably… provided they come with a sharp chisel!!
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The site where we will build this frame has FREE camping
featuring an outdoor kitchen, outhouse and solar shower.
Please bring your own camping gear and cooking implements.
Other accommodations are available here:
We also request that participants sign a Waiver prior to the commencement
of the workshop.