Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First Village is offering instruction in timber frame construction. This workshop will be taught in Austin, Texas, the center of the best in Texas BarBQ, live music, and scenic vistas. If you are interested in an introductory course in wood joinery, timber frame construction/engineering, and hands-on experience this is the place to come.
Our 2017 Workshop will be held from March 4 through March 11, 2017.
Early registration by December 31, 2016 - $1100
Registration after December 31, 2016 - $1200
Deposit - $100 this deposit per person is required to reserve a spot. Once the deposit and registration is received you will need to pay the balance due one month prior to the beginning of class. If we do not receive your payment by that time, we will offer your spot to someone on the waiting list. Balance of payment can be paid by check to “Mobile Loaves & Fishes” and mailed to 903 South Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746.
All deposits are refundable minus $25 up until one month prior to the workshop. In the event of a course cancellation, all deposits and/or tuition balance paid will receive full repayment.
Please register on this page. You must pay the $100 deposit at the time of registration to reserve a spot in the workshop.
Note that if a minimum number of registrations has not been met by the registration deadline (January 31, 2017) the workshop may be cancelled.
Please register as early as possible to reserve a spot and allow us to better plan for this workshop.
Our instructors have many years of experience and teaching in all phases of woodworking. The Community First Village is a unique setting that will give a unique perspective on living and working as part of a larger community.
SKIP DEWHIRST: Skip has been a professional woodworker for over 30 years and has been an instructor at Yestermorrow since 1998 where he has taught over 100 classes in furniture making, woodworking, timber framing and natural building. Skip has taught a wide range of timber framing and natural building workshops at Rocky Mountain Workshops, Dartmouth College, Rancho Mastatal, Bona Fide, and Mao Organic Farm (Colorado, New Hampshire, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Hawaii).
A lifelong guitarist, Skip most recently took on the challenge of designing and building a custom acoustic guitar. Skip considers this the pinnacle of his woodworking career to date, and is excited to pursue this passion. His guitars are specifically crafted to the individuality and desire of the musicians for whom they are built. Skip strives to create custom designed handmade instruments that motivate players to push their artistry to a higher level.
Skip brings his dedication to designing, building, and crafting from wood to the courses he teaches and the things that he builds and he loves sharing these skills because, "seeing the sense of pride on students' faces as they make something is amazing.” Showing others how to create with their hands gives him great satisfaction.
When not teaching, Skip can be found building timber frame homes and barns, or in his wood shop making custom furniture or handmade instruments; or roaming the Vermont woods in search of wild mushrooms.
JOSH JACKSON: Josh received his BSME from Yale University in 1989 and, after a brief stint in the real world doing energy efficiency work at PG&E in San Francisco, discovered the Holy Grail of timber framing as an apprentice at the Heartwood School in 1992. He has been designing and building everything from lamps to timber frames since, specializing in organic shapes and materials. Having co-founded Timber Homes LLC, Josh now lives in one of his own with his wife Geraldine in Middlesex, VT, and continues to enjoy teaching at RMW, Heartwood, and Yestermorrow as well as designing and crafting fine frames and furnishings.
Our on-site Community Inn has reserved a block of camp-style beds in our Community First! Village tipis (hyperlink to: http://communityinn.mlf.org/dorms) that are available for participants to rent during the workshop. These beds are $49 per bed per night, plus applicable taxes. To book one of these beds, please contact the Community Inn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-551-5453. You can explore other lodging options at communityinn.mlf.org
A basic set of tools will be required. A list of the tools required will be sent to you after registration. These tools include common carpentry tools (tape measure, framing square, combination square, calculator, clamp, etc.) Specific personal timber framing tools will also be required including timber framing chisel, handsaw, and mallet.
A number of shared tools will be provided for use on site and will include axes, adzes, spokeshaves, boring machines, and hand planes.
Instruction in tool use, sharpening, and safety is part of the course.