Timber Framing

Arts | Design Technology
Outdoor Education
Grade: 10-12
Credits: 1

The design and engineering of a timber frame structure is introduced through the text, Building the Timber Frame House by Tedd Benson. Students then collaborate to design a timber-framed structure, complete with a scale model, site plan, engineering calculations, brief environmental impact statement, timeline and budget. Students then cut the frame in the workshop, raise the frame on site, and contribute towards the completion of the structure. Reading, math work, and other traditional assignments supplement the hands-on learning. Students keep a journal throughout the semester, and contribute to an ongoing blog. Homework may include spending time outside class hours contributing to the project after school or on weekends.


Christopher Schmidt, Design Technology
Chris Schmidt
Design Technology and Outdoor Education
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