Timber Framing Class Raises 2nd Phase of Outdoor Classroom

Timber Framing Class Raises 2nd Phase of Outdoor Classroom

Rain, drizzle, and overcast skies didn’t dampen the spirits of Chris Schmidt’s 2018 Timber Framing class as students completed most of the second phase of their two-year project to build an outdoor classroom during “Raising Day” on Friday, April 27.

On that day, the class erected two bents, connecting girts, shed posts, and shed rafters for the 24×32 foot outdoor classroom they’re constructing on the Barrett property just South of the TA student parking lot.

On Monday, April 30, a crane lifted into place two large roof trusses, after which our students drove in wooden wedges to secure mortises, tenons, and knee braces.

In the class, students have used Tedd Bensons’s Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Art, to learn the terminology and engineering of timber framing, as they’ve completed the second and final year of this large, complex structure.  Click here for the story of the project’s first year.  See the featured photo above, and additional photos below from April 27 and April 30.