Timber Frame Workshop


Come build community with your own two hands.

The Riverside Project has partnered with a team of local timber framers to host an intensive timber frame workshop in August 2015 that will culminate with the raising of a timber frame pavilion. 

Participants will gain hands-on timber framing experience and make connections that will last a lifetime. 

The Details

All participants will learn about traditional hand-cut joinery and tool use. Participants will gain hands-on experience cutting braces, making pegs, cleaning mortices and tenons, sanding and oiling, and lifting, moving, and raising the timbers. 

9-day intensive immersion participants will learn additional skills including layout, use of power tools, organic scribing, and hand carving. 

Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to take part in organized outdoor recreation activities, attend an evening skill-share on fermentation with food preservation instructor Diane Blust, enjoy nighttime campfires by the river, and engage in other communal activities. 

Participants will walk away with tangible skills as well as a profound sense of accomplishment and community.

Choose Your Own Adventure:

9 Day Intensive Immersion 

Ready to go all in? Get the most in-depth experience by joining us for the full 9-day workshop (August 15 - August 23, 2015). 

Weekend Warrior

Work schedule won't let you get away? Join us for the two weekend segments of our workshop (August 15/16 and 22/23).

Spaces are limited. Contact us for more information or to request a spot. 

Final Raising Party

Can't make it to the workshop? That doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Join us to celebrate the raising of our timber frame pavilion on Sunday, August 23. 


What's timber framing?

Timber framing is a natural building method that has been practiced for thousands of years. Timber frame structures are built using heavy timbers that are fitted, joined, and secured with wooden pegs.  Timber frames are incredibly sturdy and can last for hundreds of years.

Want to know more? Check out Episode 1507 of The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann to hear an interview with Patrick Shunney, an accomplished timber framer and one of the project leaders for our workshop. 

How do I get to the workshop?

The workshop is being held at Riverside, an 80 acre property on the Shenandoah River in Charles Town, West Virginia. Riverside is a 90 minute drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. We are also accessible by weekday MARC commuter train service on the Brunswick line and can shuttle guests to and from the Harpers Ferry train stop.  

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