Historical Timber Framing
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Select this product and check out to secure a spot for the one week Historical Timber Framing workshop. The workshop is from March 2nd – 6th 2020. The $200 USD is used to reserve a spot in the course.


Course Description

In this exceptionally unique workshop students will rebuild part of an actual French colonial timber frame roof structure in old Montreal, Quebec. An archeological survey indicates that the current building was built in the 1710's on original French colonial foundations. A major research was carried out on the architectural history to rebuild the roof structure as it originally was in the 1710's.

During a fire, the roof structure was completely destroyed, and then rebuilt as we see it today. The challenge is to reconstruct it as originally was in 1710s and to also highlight some of the walls that contain relics of a piece of timber from the beginning of the colony in New France.

After months of research in order to find the original roof design; historical conservationists, architects, and professional practicing timber framers, discovered that the roof originally had a sloping ridge, hips, dormers, and the timber framed trusses were designed with the principal rafters, purlins, and common rafters all on the roof surface. The trusses were built in the classic Ferme sur Treteau design for ease of raising manually with an A-frame.


Key Points:

  • How to create a practical stereotomical drawing for the historical timber frame structure
  • How to use the drawing to layout individual timbers using different drawing methods. Rambarrement and Sauterelle methods
  • How to cut compound angles with both hand and power tools
  • How to layout and cut both simple and complex structural joinery
  • How to select proper timber sizes and wood species
  • The identification and selection of historical joinery methods and timber material for use in a historical context
  • How practical stereotomy was used in the past & how it is relevant today



Location of the workshop is at 49 Avenue du Curé Dupuis, Mont-Saint-Grégoire, QC.  Please click on the link to open in Google Map


You can learn more on the history of the building by clicking HERE


You will receive confirmation and a “Welcome Package” by email with more details (i.e. tool list, parking, food) once signed up.

Spots are limited and are treated on a first come first serve basis. However, priority is given to past students who are working towards their certifications.


Total cost for this course is $1249.00 CAD +HST (13%) or $950.00 USD +HST (13%). Remainder of payment is due on the first day of arrival. A catered lunch is included in the cost.


Due to limited spaces, the course deposit is non-refundable.

You will receive a confirmation email as well as a Welcome Package by mail with more details (i.e. tool list) once signed up.

This course is accredited towards our

Professional Certificate



 If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick Moore at lamidutrait@gmail.com or 819-664-9596 (cell)




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Historical Timber Framing

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