Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hidden Valley Home-Building

Mitch, our outgoing (in both senses of the word) college President, asked that I highlight his friend David Moskovitz's group and their work with timber framing workshops.

I would be remiss, and get into beaucoup trouble, if I did not also mention that our community partners, Newforest Institute are also holding timber framing workshops this summer.

Timber Framing Workshop
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson
Wednesday-Saturday, April 20-23

Learn post and beam basics in a hands-on setting where participants will experience the entire process from felling the trees to the finished product. Students will:

1. Go into the woods to see the front-end of the process. What trees were cut? Why? How did our low impact equipment get the logs to a portable bandsaw mill located on-site.

2. Help mill logs into timbers.

3. Learn basic joinery while building a small shed.

Program cost is $450 ($400 for members), includes all materials, breakfast and lunch. No previous experience necessary. MOFGA scholarships available. HVNC’s rustic overnight cabins available at reduced rates. FMI: www.hvnc.org, 586-6752, or gary@hvnc.org.

Hidden Valley Nature Center, located in Jefferson, is a member based, community supported organization with 800 acres of diverse habitat, many small ponds and vernal pools, miles of trails, and a range of low-impact, sustainable forestry projects both completed and underway. It is dedicated to providing educational and recreational opportunities to the community throughout the year. All donations are tax deductible.

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