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Ken Hume
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Post Cruck Timber-Framing Course
on: March 24, 2013, 08:51
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The University of Oxford is building a classroom shelter in the grounds of Harcourt Arboretum at Nuneham Courtney, South Oxfordshire and YOU are invited to join in! The shelter will be of a traditional cruck timber-frame design. Timber of various species from the arboretum's own woodland is in the process of being milled for the project. The build will be run as a course taught by timber frame instructors Henry Russell and Barbara Czoch of the Carpenters’ Fellowship.

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The build project is suitable for beginner and intermediate carpenters. Tools will be provided. Good fun and camaraderie is guaranteed; come along and learn a new skill, improve your abilities, or just spend some time in the woods getting back to nature. Building a shelter using hand & eye are fundamental life skills, and by joining in with this community project it will leave you with a sense of achievement and satisfaction, and hopefully the skills and inspiration to encourage you to build something of your own!

Part one: 6th - 10th May, repeated 13th - 17th May 2013: Walls and Cross frames.

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Elements of traditional tenon and mortice joinery; the English tying joint, scarf joints, and cruck framing.

Part two: 20th - 24th May 2013: Roofing

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Principal truss and purlin construction with common rafters.

Part three: 29th and 30th June 2013: Raising

All work will be done using hand tools, and there will be an opportunity to convert timbers by hand using Hewing and Pit Sawing.

The cost of each course is £375, which will include daily lunch and refreshments. There is free camping on site at Harcourt.

Further information is available from the course administrator,
Barbara Czoch: barbara@carpentersfellowship.co.uk or call 07971 629916

Now check out Cruck Timber Conversion

Post Script: August / September 2013

Brian Williamson & Ruth Goodfellow will fix oak wood shingles to the Harcourt Arboretum woodland shelter during August / September 2013.

Ken Hume
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Post Re: Cruck Timber-Framing Course
on: March 24, 2013, 09:23
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The Oxfordshire Woodland Group very much welcomes the Russell & Czoch initiative to stimulate and encourage building using local timbers and traditional techniques in Oxfordshire. We would like to reinforce and support the positive outcomes generated by the Nuneham Courtney cruck project by providing successfull course participants with a follow on cruck building experience to fell, convert and build a 2 bay cruck-framed building in our South Oxfordshire woodland.

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The frame design reflects typical features found in the South Oxfordshire region as illustrated by an early real life example shown below :-

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In the past elm, oak and poplar timber would have been used for the main frame components however today the principal elements proposed to be used in the woodland cruck frame will employ European Larch and Douglas Fir timbers felled in the woodland and converted using a Lucas circular sawmill and Alsaskan chainsaw mill. Local persons will be given priority to participate in this project. For further details please contact :-

Ken Hume
Executive Trustee Oxfordshire Woodland Group
contact trustees@oxfordshirewoodlandgroup.co.uk

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