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Ken Hume
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Post Timber-Framing from Scratch
on: October 5, 2014, 17:00
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The Oxfordshire Woodland Group sponsored Jeremy Hunter to attend the "Timber-Framing from scratch" course held at The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in September 2014 where students learned and practiced the ancient craft of scribe rule carpentry.

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The key to this craft is to follow the mantra of "Line, level & Plumb".

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Graduated storey poles are employed to lay out the frame.

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The timbers are levelled using a plumb bob level.

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The timbers are joined using mortice and tenon joinery.

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The tie beam is connected to the wall plate using a lap dovetail joint.

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The timbers are piled and plumbed to ensure an accurate frame build.

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The mysteries of double cutting with the aid of a 2 foot rule and level mark were demonstrated to students.

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Accurate measuring and cutting of joints enables the long wall assembly to be raised and joined together perfectly.

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The tie beam is dropped down into position to form the English Tying joint locking the long wall and cross frames together.

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The assembled frame is now ready to be dismantled for the follow on courses of "scribing braces and wall studs" and "roof geometry".

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The team pose proudly against the backdrop of their completed primary scribe rule timber-frame.

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Ken Hume OWG

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