Build Your Own Timber Frame Structure!
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Expert training and step-by-step guidance, without having to travel far away or spend thousands of dollars in tuition
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For those who can make it to Maine, our in-person Purely Post-and-Beam class would be the best way to learn timber framing. But we understand that not everyone has the ability to drop everything for a week to come to our campus in Woolwich, Maine to do so. We fully believe this is the next-best thing and that YES, you can truly learn how to timber frame with the help of this online course!
We have worked hard to compile every last bit of content from our Purely Post-And-Beam course and put it in an easily digestible, video-by-video, online format. And not only that, but we’ve also tried to anticipate every question that you might ask as a student of our online course, since you don’t have the luxury of asking an instructor during class.
Our recommendation is that you first go through the course content from beginning to end before trying your hand at timber framing (rather than watching a singular video and then immediately trying to copy what you just watched). Then, once you acquire some timber framing tools and lumber, continue to use the course as a reference guide, coming back to specific sections to review as you practice your skills and eventually cut and raise your own timber frame structure!
This online class is thorough, easy to understand, hilarious at times, And full of charm. Cannot say enough good things about this course. Well done shelter ...Read More
This online class is thorough, easy to understand, hilarious at times, And full of charm. Cannot say enough good things about this course. Well done shelter institute! My lumber mill arrives in two month but my journey to building my family’s home started with taking this course. You truly changed our lives by making something that seemed impossible totally attainable!Read Less
This course is the best bang for your buck if your unable to make it to the onsite course. Very informative and a great way to learn.
This course is the best bang for your buck if your unable to make it to the onsite course. Very informative and a great way to learn.Read Less
I’m loving every minute of the course. I thank you for putting together this fantastic journey. It’s hard to be in front of the camera and you guys have d...Read More
I’m loving every minute of the course. I thank you for putting together this fantastic journey. It’s hard to be in front of the camera and you guys have done a super job. The comment about the ‘Dad Glasses’ by the guy behind the camera wasn’t really necessary. I doubt anyone is really focused on things like that. I know I wasn’t.Read Less
I believe the entire team did an incredible job of breaking down each individual component, and process of building a timber frame structure. It was very eas...Read More
I believe the entire team did an incredible job of breaking down each individual component, and process of building a timber frame structure. It was very easy to follow, the questions I had while watching were anticipated by all the instructors which was very helpful. I think my favorite part about this course is that I get to go back and rewatch the videos (I’m watching the course for a second time right now haha). I am a visual learner, so being able to go back whenever I want to refresh on a certain aspect will really help me as time goes on. Thank you Pat, Blueberry, Gaius, Gabe and anyone else who was involved! The work you do is incredible. -TonyRead Less
We can't thank the Shelter Institute enough for making this educational opportunity available to families like ours that are so far away from the campus. The...Read More
We can't thank the Shelter Institute enough for making this educational opportunity available to families like ours that are so far away from the campus. The details, along every step of the way, are so appreciated. We can't forget to mention the wealth of insight offered in the private group link as well, thank you to each and every one of you who make all of this possible. Sincerely, Mr. & Mrs. Bottles and little Cecelia too!Read Less
These courses are really great. As I have initiated my learning on posts and beams timber framing I can't express enough how I am really enjoying these cours...Read More
These courses are really great. As I have initiated my learning on posts and beams timber framing I can't express enough how I am really enjoying these courses, they are simply awesome.Read Less
I'm really enjoying the videos. The production quality is very good, and the course content is excellent.
I'm really enjoying the videos. The production quality is very good, and the course content is excellent.Read Less
The staff here at Shelter Institute have done a great job of putting this all together. Taking the time to explain each individual method and skill was aweso...Read More
The staff here at Shelter Institute have done a great job of putting this all together. Taking the time to explain each individual method and skill was awesome! And still having a sense of humor. Showing a level of confidence, patience, experience and skill that is appreciated. We would highly recommend anyone interested in learning skills to timber frame to take this!Read Less
Awesome way to get into my timber framed project. It is so good to know how to do things the right way the first time! I cringe while watching you tube vid...Read More
Awesome way to get into my timber framed project. It is so good to know how to do things the right way the first time! I cringe while watching you tube videos of self taught timber framers figuring things out on their own. Thanks Shelter Institute for the best knowledge and experience!!! Dale Orthman Founder/CEO Castle Dreams INC. for Autistic and Special needs children.Read Less
I enrolled in the course as a woodworking/construction technologies instructor looking to do some specific professional development. It has made me want to ...Read More
I enrolled in the course as a woodworking/construction technologies instructor looking to do some specific professional development. It has made me want to continue other PD opportunities with Shelter! Maybe next time, I can smell the sawdust in person! Great job!Read Less
This class was packed with useful knowledge while still being clear and concise. It uses a very practically sized example structure and covers the entire pro...Read More
This class was packed with useful knowledge while still being clear and concise. It uses a very practically sized example structure and covers the entire process. Well worth the money and time. Very well done for an online version of such a hands on subject.Read Less
The content of the class is absolutely clear, easy to follow, very detailed. There was nothing missing for me to follow the path to build my own 24x24 Timber...Read More
The content of the class is absolutely clear, easy to follow, very detailed. There was nothing missing for me to follow the path to build my own 24x24 Timber Frame. I appreciated there are a lot of videos showing how the tendon and mortise were made from start to finish. That is important, somehow, it puts confidence in me. I thought is going to take forever to chisel one out, but is not. With a good tool, it really only takes a few mins. But if I weren't seeing with my own eyes, I would not believe it. My take away is: "Yes, I can do this! "I like they show how to shapen tools. Gaius even so generally throwing in the engineering aspect of it. That is giving us more tools to build what we want. Total a surprise bonus. For me, the best part is the people. These folks are so genuine and lovely besides their excellent skills. I found myself cherish their success, laugh with their fun as they are my family. I don't do that often. You like the instructor for your class, that makes so much more enjoyable. Thank you so much for putting this class together. Money is well spent. I feel lucky, thank you thank you!Read Less
Thank You For Purchasing This Online Course! [FB Group + Tool Store link]
A Big Welcome from Gaius, Blueberry & Pat!
24' x 24' Class Frame Cutsheets (Download button is at top right of screen)
Metric Version of 24' x 24' Class Frame Cutsheets (Download button is at top right of screen)
Scarf Joint Example Diagram
Tools for Measurement & Layout
Timber Frame Chisels & Slicks
Sharpening Accessories & Stair Gauges
Setting Up Your Honing Guide
Addressing 3 Common Honing Guide Issues
3-Step Process of Sharpening
Complete Sharpening Process In Real Time
How To Sharpen Your Chisel & Slick Using The Tormek System
Tool Sharpening Q&A From In-Person Class
Timber Frame Terminology
The Stable Gable
Designing the Layout of your Structure
Enclosing Your Structure
How Do I Secure My Structure to a Foundation?
Essential Drafting Tools
Drafting Your Structure on Paper Pt. 1
Drafting Your Structure on Paper Pt. 2
Creating Your Timber List
Pages 1 - 7
Pages 8 - 23
Pages 24 - 26
Timber List Walkthrough
Squaring Your Timbers
Using Your Japanese Saw
Practicing Your Sawing
Timber Cutting Demonstration
Cutting Timbers to Length Q&A From In-Person Class
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The Shelter Institute Purely-Post-And-Beam Online Course is priced at $600 (compared to $1500 for our in-person Purely Post-And-Beam course). Take a look at the course curriculum list to get a visual on how much video content is part of this course.
The course will be hosted online on this specific website, and is accessible with an account you create when you purchase. There are no downloads or large files to deal with, and it is all neatly organized chapter-by-lesson on the website for you to view. Of course, you will need an internet connection to access the content, but it is viewable at your own pace, and as many times as you like. Didn't quite understand something the first time? No problem, watch it as many times as you need to. The videos do not expire etc.
Alumni of both our in-person Purely Post-And-Beam class & our Design Build class receive a 50% discount for this online course! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info, and we'll send you your custom discount code: 1. First/last name 2. Year/month class taken 3. email address
We get it, YouTube is a treasure trove of free information. But that comes with a different price: thousands of videos to look through and no guarantee that the person you're watching actually knows what they're doing. Plus, who has the time to watch all those videos to find the one solution you're looking for anyway? We promise there's no fluff in our online course. It's the best bang-for-your-buck online timber framing education you'll find!
Yes! It's all the same content from our famous five-day, in-person Post-And-Beam course. These are no simple selfie videos - our video content has been professionally filmed and edited, and we’ve drilled deep into each topic. Also, If you are you hard of hearing, or just want to watch the videos in a busy place, all of the course videos have captions so you can read along as you watch.
Yes! After going through the online course, you may decide that you would like to come to our campus in Maine and experience our in-person, hands-on, Purely Post And Beam course. If you have purchased this online course, we offer a $400 discount off tuition of our in-person Purely Post and Beam course. This discount applies only to the in-person Purely Post and Beam course, and not to our in-person Design Build Course.
We carry all the best tools, books, and other timber framing equipment in our online and on-site tool store, and with the purchase of this online course, you will get a lifetime 10% discount at Shelter Tools.
You can't put a price tag on the value of community. Connect with other Purely Post-And-Beam alumni from around the world, as well as our Instructors. Share your timber frame project progress, and ask any of your timber framing questions.
In this course, we use a 24' x 24’ Timber Frame to teach you all the basic joints you will need to build your own timber frame structure. Creating a custom cut sheet package for a similar structure normally costs $1500, but we’ve included these PDF cut sheets for free! Think of these as similar to the set of directions you get with a Lego set. They are available in both U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.