Roundwood Timber Framing Course

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Roundwood Timber Framing Course

New dates for 2018 soon £375

Cutting all the Roundwood timber frame joints and frame assembly.

VENUE – The Woodyard, Duchy Home Farm, Tetbury, Gloucestershire


The Roundwood Timber Framing Course

This intensive course is a professionally tailored curriculum for people who really want to know how its all done. You will be taught the keys skills by a professional, the curriculum is distilled from 14yrs of professional timber framing experience. You will not simply be working to finish someone’s project. This 4 day intensive Roundwood Timber Framing Course is for you to learn and practice cutting the scribed (butter-pat) and mortise and tenon joints to build your own cruck frame building. We’ll also have the option of assembling a reciprocal roof so that you understand how that wonderful piece of geometry works.  The techniques taught can be applied to a range of green wood projects, from houses and sheds to furniture. This is a very practical course but there will be time to discuss any technical questions you might have. No previous experience is necessary.

Adrian Leaman – Tutor. “I’ve been running Roundwood Timber Framing courses since 2003 after working with Ben Law on his now-famous ‘Woodland House’. At that time there were no established techniques, we just made it up as we went along. Pretty much everyone Roundwood Framing today will have been taught by Ben or I or someone we’ve taught. However there are enough experienced people doing it now that a few different styles have emerged which is very exciting.  I’ve cherry-picked a range of techniques to teach for this course ranging from the original & rustic to the modern & sophisticated.”

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Courses are (usually) held at our lovely wood yard, the place where all our building projects start. Amazing organic meals are prepared fresh on site by our fabulous chef, Katherine. Camping is in the woodland or fields behind the yard. However on occasion we have a real build going on at the same time in which case we’ll re-locate there. Notice will be give asap.

If you already have some of these skills or have already been on our 4 day intensive course you’re ready for THE COMMUNITY BUILDING PROGRAMME, This Full Build will give you a chance to be involved right through the building process on a real project.


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What people have said about our course

This has been roundwood timber framing course6one of the most lovely experiences I can remember. Mostly I enjoyed being part of an honourable, hilarious and imaginative enterprise. Thanks so much. There is much I want to think over, and will no doubt bring you news from time to time. The cooking and campfire were lovely, Love and Best Wishes. Ian (Roundwood timber framing course 2013)



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John (Roundwood timber framing course 2013)
The course is laid back, intensely informative, but hands on in the extreme. The whole course was much more than I expected with a wide age range. The evening fire and social make the course so much more enjoyable, it was the best Christmas present I have had in years.

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Col (Roundwood timber framing course 2013)
Have had a wonderful time, it’s an amazing place to learn and let go. Brilliant people on the course bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge. It’s been so good to slow down to the pace of life I dream of… With love.




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Martin (Roundwood timber framing course 2013)
A truly inspiring 5 days – I’ll leave with a warm glow of rightness and the confidence to tackle my own project. A great warm hearted group, very practical hands on instruction at the right pace and level, fabulous catering! thank you.

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Poppy (Roundwood timber framing course 2014)
I’ve been doing lots more carpentry and building this year – I left my job in London in February to do a 6 month heritage construction course in S Wales – it’s funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to get more women working in the trades…I count myself very lucky to be part of it, and I’m pretty sure that going on your course helped me get my place, so thanks again for a great week! Take care, Poppy


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Lynn & Sandra,Scotland(Roundwood timber framing course 2015)
What an UTTERLY inspiring week! A meeting of like minded people all coming together to learn, share + laugh. We came here at the start of the week to learn about building with roundwood + are now leaving feeling empowered with an even stronger drive to start our project. Thank you so much to Adrian and Katherine for sharing a wealth of knowledge + providing an absolutely delicious spread every day.



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Harvey (reciprocal roof + roundwood course 2015)
2 Life changing weeks!
What I learnt on the courses was only part of it. What I learnt out side of the course from both of you and the fellow students was amazing. Good people attract good people.



Dylan Cicero (Roundwood framing course 2016)
Hey all, it was really great to meet everybody during a fantastic course!  I’m in a natural building frenzy right now…can’t stop thinking about it… will be taking a straw bale course in NY in a few weeks (put off the “job” search a little longer hehe)… thanks all for the knowledge and inspiration

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