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Northmen guild's first international 10-day timber framing and full scribe log building practical educational course


August 21 - September 1, 2017







4 tutors - Northmen guild`s master carpenters

14 international students


Course participants will learn the traditional way of building a house, in a timber framing and full scribe log building practical educational course, using only hand tools. Students will also learn about the historical and cultural context of log-building in Latvia.

The class will be split into two groups of 7 students, working on the log building and timber frame respectively. After 5 days, the groups will swap from one build to the other. As such, over 10 days, (5 days one group of 7 students will work on the log house building and other group of 7 students will work on the timber frame building. After 5 days the groups will exchange and will work another 5 days. So in 10 days) each student will learn basics of traditional full scribe log house building with wind-locked, dovetail notches and traditional timber framing joinery.

Students will learn to lay out timber joinery using the traditional Square Rule, and French scribe method; cut mortise and tenon joints using hand tools; assemble (fixing with white oak pegs) and raise the frame. We will divide our course schedule between the morning-daytime hands-on learning of woodworking skills as we cut our frame and logs, and the evening free sessions, where we will view slides and discuss a variety of topics relating to timber frame design and construction, log building, lifestyle and enjoying being together. As well as live acoustic music on the barn stage some special evenings.

All the woodwork will be carried out with traditional hand tools alone (axes, chisels, hand saws, augers, beam drills, drawknives, planes and e.t.c.) – both those made by The Northmen Guild and also old, restored hand tools. This event will happen in a huge timber framed barn, on the grounds of the beautiful old manor of Ratnieki (http://www.ratnieki.lv/eng/) where all students will work under one roof. All students will be living in the nearby manor house itself, eating local food and enjoying the rural countryside and nature of Latvia while learning the craft from the Northmen guild's Master Carpenters.

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Educational excursions

The workshop curriculum includes

  • A visit to nearby Woodcraft Museum, meeting Green woodworker artisan and Northmen guilds craftsman – Rihards Vidzickis
  • A Sunday in the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia
  • Taking part in a traditional smoke sauna in a historical Sauna Museum
  • An afternoon visiting famous Latvian wild food chef Eriks Dreibants in his Chefs Creative Workshop (www.dabasgarsa.lv/home). In the middle of the Gauja National Park forest we will go over Gauja river with the only (last) wooden ferry boat in Latvia and take a walk (3km) through the woods to his house. Erik will cook wild food meal on open fire for all the students and tutors
  • An evening visiting Jacob and his family’s self-built wooden house in a nearby village
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A Sunday in an Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

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Taking part in a traditional smoke sauna in a historical Sauna Museum

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An evening visiting Jacob's and his family self-built wooden house in a nearby village

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An afternoon visiting famous Latvian wild food chef Eriks Dreibants in his Chefs Creative Workshop in the middle of the Gauja National Park forest we will go over Gauja river with the only (last) wooden ferry boat in Latvia and take a walk 2 miles through the woods to his house. Erik will cook wild food meal on open fire for all the students and tutors.

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The tutors

Andrew


Master carpenter, timber framer, log builder and forestry worker - Andrew. Andrew is one of the most experienced carpenters and traditional log house builders in our region. His love and patience to the craft, his skills, accuracy and attention to detail, are exceptional. He is also dedicated to using his hands and hand tools as an extension of his mind and soul. Andrew also works in forestry, knowing when the best time when to prepare logs for his buildings comes – that is, when they are sleeping in a deep winter by the new moon rising. Trees felled at this time become strong and durable, becoming harder and harder as time passes, says Andrew. Knowing the nature and the knowledge our ancestors knew is a real treasure nowadays and Andrew has captured them in his skills. Andrew says: “Carpentery transforms nature into the culture. Transforming logs into the beams, and beams into the houses, and the houses into homes. It has been so in the past old days and so it should have to be also today”.

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Ansis


Log and timber frame builder. His craft began with the want to make or build something that would serve for centuries. He now has many years of working experience, during which he has built numerous traditional buildings. Ansis has knowledge of several different log building styles and techniques, such as dovetail notch, saddle (Canadian) style of notching, square and round cross notch. Has worked as lecturer in Vidzeme University teaching Wooden and Eco house building.

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Jacob


Master carpenter/leather craftsman. Founder of Northmen, and designer of Northmen woodworking tools. He extensively researches historical hand tools. He learnt the crafts from local masters. Studied culture, ethnography and history of traditional woodworking and wooden architecture and building techniques in rural areas of Scandinavia and Baltic States. He has a love of wood and leather crafts since childhood. He has a passion for traditional crafts and hand tools, especially log buildings and timber frames. An independent photographer and filmmaker.

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Jack


A second generation carpenter of an Irish master carpenter coach builder, has worked with wood since he was strong enough to swing a hammer. While living in isolation in the woods, Jack taught himself to hand craft tradtional log buildings, before coming to Latvia to develop his understanding and earn the tools with which he could develop his craft. He now works in England and Wales crafting traditional, hand finished timber frames and log buildings.


Since being guided by a Master forester in Wales, Jack now works to share and extend an understanding of carpentry that is grounded in forestry practise and a reverence for timber as it stands in nature. From taking time to be in the woods, he feels people are better guided to craft timber more beautifully and create buildings which ease harmoniously into their environment. The quality of Jack's workmanship is reflected by his respect for nature and an enthusiasm for crafting buildings which befit the beauty of the woods.

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Age limitation: 14+


Woodworking experience: Participants are not expected to have any log building or timber framing experience, but any woodworking experience is appreciated.


Training site: The course will be held in Gauja River National Park at the beautiful old manor of Ratnieki


www.ratnieki.lv/eng

Full lodging is provided from Sunday August 20th evening until the morning of Friday September 1st morning.


Cost: 1650, Euros - includes everything in-country: tuition, accommodation, all meals, organized field-trips. Participants are responsible for their own international transport, travel insurance, and extra-curricular costs. Half (50% deposit) of the courses cost should be paid after online registration and the remaining 50% in cash on check in at the Ratnieki manor.


Language: The course will be held in English.



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