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09-06-2011 01:27 AM

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Okay todays question is towards my main goal in life. I absolutely LOVE timber framing and am desparate to get into the trade. I am a carpenter of Local 494 and it doesn’t get anymore miserable when you never even touch wood in industrial construction. My dream is to put my talents into gear by carving, joining, and erecting timber frame homes. I have no resources to lean to and I was curious to ask if anybody possibly may be or even know a timber framer (preferably in canada) who may be able to give me some info? Thx :)

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 01:41 AM

Try posting on the HomeRefurbers site.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 01:53 AM

No, but I saw a pickup pulling a tool trailer on I-5 about 6 months ago. The sign said something about a timber framing company from Montana. There is at least one out there some where.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 02:00 AM

heres the best i could come up with mark
there are some classes near you maybe

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 02:05 AM

Here’s a guy that used to be a timber framer. He does other work now but he’s very skilled and has taught me a number of things. (For example he taught me how to carve the canoe paddle and spoons on my projects page.)

His blog is

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 02:42 PM

Check these guys out.

They might be able to point you in the right direction.


-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#6 posted 09-06-2011 03:24 PM

Clark Bremer at Northern Lights Timber Framing in Minneapolis offers courses both at his location and around the country. One location being the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN.

Anther resource might be the Timber Framers Guild

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#7 posted 09-06-2011 04:27 PM

We built our timberframe home 5 years ago. The company was Riverbend Timberframes out of Blissfield, Michigan. We live east of Cleveland and they had us visit their shop to watch them cut the timbers. Most of the joints were done with a CNC router, but the real intricate joints were done by hand. I don’t know how far that is for you, but you might check them out.

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#8 posted 09-06-2011 07:42 PM

Here’s a few websites to go with Topa’s suggestion/observation.

Contact one or all, you never know who might help.

-- They say many people die because of alcohol. They never realized how many of them are born because of it.

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#9 posted 09-06-2011 09:12 PM

Sweet!@ I didn’t think I’d get this many responses. Will give it all a shot. Thx everyone :)

-- M.K.

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#10 posted 09-07-2011 01:56 AM

darinS, I am sure you found him. Bear Creek, I remember it now. The timber framing caught my attention and since we have a Bear Creek here locally, near Redmond, I looked to see if he was from there and the sign said Montana.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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