The "Moore" Trestle
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Select this product and check out to secure a spot for the one week French Trestle workshop. The workshop is from October 5thth - 9th, 2020. The $200 USD is used to reserve a spot in the course.



Course Description

Traditionally, when the young journeyman on the ‘Tour-de-France’ arrived at a new shop, he would build a pair of sawhorses for the obvious practical reasons, but also to indicate to the owner where he stood in his tour.  The more complex he built it, the more time he had been studying Stereotomy - Art du Trait. This would in turn dictate to the owner the journeyman’s position in the company and the level of complexity that could be delegated to him. It would help the journeyman fix a suitable position in the company based on his skill, experience, and knowledge and understanding of Stereotomy. In this five day workshop the student will build their own French Trestle; a specific design called The Moore Trestle. Students will learn to create 2D stereotomical drawings using the visuospatial part of the brain, a drafting square, a pencil, and a ruler. Each student will be taught how to use this part of their mind to visualize in 3D, draw in 2D, and then construct their trestle. It is of the utmost pleasure to share with you this very special and rare skill known to very few North Americans. The knowledge of stereotomy is so important to human civilization that UNESCO has classified it on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as of 2009. A prerequisite of the course is to have knowledge, understanding, and use of hand tools (i.e. chisels, hand saws, layout tools).


        Key Points:

                *Basics of drafting

                *How to develop a set of stereotomical drawings; plan view, elevation view, net view

                *How to use the drawings to layout the trestle

                *How to cut compound angles

                *How to layout, cut, and assemble the Moore trestle

                *The voyage and experience of a journeyman

                *What is Stereotomy

                *How Stereotomy was used in the past & relevant today


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 $1180.00 CAD +HST (13%) or $900.00 USD +HST (13%). Remainder of payment is due on the first day of arrival.


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


This course is accredited towards our Professional Certificate.


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


The school is located in Nepean, Ontario, Canada.  Please click on the link to see the location in Google Maps

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The "Moore" Trestle

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