Guild members Maine Mountain Timber Frames and Hardwick Post & Beam arrived on site and raised the new Liberation Farms timber frame pavilion in record time this week. Guild President Bo Foard noted, "It went up in just 12 hours! The new pavilion measures 32' x 55' with 11x8 posts and 6x10 rafters - it's a nice beefy frame." Members of the Foard Panel team got to work installing 2x6 boards as soon as the Eastern White Pine frame was up, all in time for a celebration hosted by the Somali Bantu Community Association on Thursday.
The pavilion will support the farmers and community for decades to come. Read more about the project on the TFG website, and read local coverage of the celebration in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
A dear member of our community, David Rogers, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in Rhododendron, Oregon, on May 4. His bereaved family members held a gathering in his honor on May 7. David has served on the ILBA Board and has been a Timber Framers Guild member and contributor at our conferences and events for decades. He had a long history of restoring and preserving log and timber buildings - park structures in particular - and was a great instructor of hand tool work and traditional building methods.
As well as a builder, David was a respected instructor and historian. In recent years, he founded the Cascadian School of Log Building & Design on the shoulders of Mount Hood. His collection of old wood crafting tools and books is extraordinary. As a tribute to her husband because of his love and commitment to furthering craft education, David’s wife Cynthia has offered to donate his unique library and tools to the Guild, to be used by the students of Heartwood School at Pratt Road.
This giant of a man will be missed by all who knew him. He was deeply knowledgeable in his craft and, above all, he was a kind and thoughtful soul. The family will be planning a memorial in his honor later this year up on Mt. Hood, the mountain he so loved. Details will follow as they become available. Read this wonderful article about his life and work, especially if you didn’t have the opportunity to know David.
He was also scheduled to attend and do some hewing demonstrations for our upcoming TFG WestFest in Corvallis in a few weeks, where he will be dearly missed. Check out some videos of his hewing demos a few years ago at our Timberline Conference HERE.
There are conversations with his family about creating a memorial library fund or scholarship fund in his name, so we’ll keep you informed as that develops.
Join us at WestFest for timber framing, tours, a trade show, and more. This year's WestFest, at the Benton County Fairgrounds, has something for everyone - whether you're a timber framer or an enthusiast, we guarantee a great weekend with friends old and new.
Join for one day ($90) or for the three-day program ($160).
On Saturday, June 4, Guild member Mike Westgard invites children aged 8 to 17 to join him for some special building projects.
The younger group of kids will build toolboxes and birdhouses, and the older kids will work together with Guild members to build a timber frame picnic table.
The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all activities will take place in the Floral Courtyard at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The cost is $25, and lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
Learn more and register HERE.
The Timber Framers Guild and Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute (SBWI) are partnering to offer a 2023 intensive timber framing course and will be accepting applications for a Head Instructor and an Assistant Instructor to lead this unique and valuable class.
The 20-week (650 hour-long) course starts May 1, 2023, in Adrian, Michigan; and at 36 hours per week, represents the time required to qualify as a Career Training Course by the US Department of Education. Students taking the Timber Framing Career Training Program at SBWI are eligible to use GI Bill funding for the course. Instructor applications and student registration information will be available soon.
For more information, contact email@example.com or click HERE to read about the course and instructor requirements.
The Timber Framers Guild invites you to promote your company or organization to timber framers and related professionals from across North America and beyond who are gathering at the Guild’s national conference in Burlington, Vermont, October 14-16.
The TFG Conference Trade Show is an excellent opportunity to talk to a uniquely targeted group of decision-makers who are designing and building some of the finest homes and commercial projects. Learn more about TFG trade show benefits.
For questions, please contact Brenda Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or click below to learn more about the opportunity!