12th October 2018 (Day 1)
As part of the exciting House of Wessex project we are running three consecutive one-day treewrighting courses with tutors from the Carpenters’ Fellowship. Places are available for one, two, or three days. During the courses, samples will be made of the key building components for a major historical reconstruction taking place in 2019.
Learning will include a selection of the following:
- Timber conversion – cleaving and hewing timbers into shape for posts and plates (no saws were used in this period)
- Foundations – earthfast anchoring of the posts
- Axe carpentry – The shaping of stubby tusk tenons and through-mortises, grooving boards, fashioning halvings and lap joints
- Fixings – Shaping the characteristic Saxon “treenails”, a peg with an enlarged head, often wedged internally
- Walls and roof – creating wattle panels and hurdles, for the walls and the roof underthatch respectively
Full training will be provided (no prior experience necessary). Although you will be working undercover, the course will be ‘outdoors’, so you will need to wear appropriate clothing. Drinks and food will be provided. Overnight camping (bring your own tent) is available on the site. More details will follow your booking.
You may book for one or more days, up to a maximum of all three days. Please book separately for each day that you want to attend.