2013 Marks Fox Maple's 30th Anniversary teaching timber framing and natural building systems. Over this time we have conducted hundreds of workshops from Spain to Hawaii, and Canada to Patagoina, and many places in between. Over this time many hundreds of students have taken part in some truly remarkable workshop projects in some pretty remarkable places. This past August we returned to Europe to conduct a workshop in Brittany, France. The project was a cruck frame, with two full cruck bents and one king post made up of one cruck blade. We could only get 5 cruck blades from the crooked oak logs we had, so we improvised. As usual, a wonderful group took part and a beautiful frame resulted, which is, after all, the most remarkable aspect of these workshops.
Fox Maple students are always talented people who generally go off to build their own timber frame or even start their own TF business. This group represents a wonderful resource to all past and future students, and we have always promoted and helped them get together to help one another. Realizing the value this august group represents, we have finally ventured into the world of social networking and initiated a facebook page in hopes that this might be used as a vehicle to help students stay in touch, or to even reach out and connect with students from other workshops. I can't really think of one student over these past 30 years who would not relish the opportunity to help out in a frame raising, or to spend a couple of days cutting a few joints with a fellow Fox Maple student. There is something about working alongside another person who has experienced the Jean-Claude Killy Effect first hand, and smiled that uncontrolable smile of Perfection & Grace, and who has heard the sound of a perfectly fit joint come together. These are special things, and worthy of keeping alive amongst all of you who understand the beauty in this.
On a similar vein, you can imagine that we have a vast archive of photos of past workshop. In the future we will be opening these archives and begin making them available for public viewing. We are kicking this off with a photo gallery of the Brittany 2013 Workshop. We'll post a link to this on the facebook page as well. You can get to the Fox Maple School facebook page by clicking on the logo at the top of this page, or by clicking here. I hope that past students use this vehicle to keep us all informed about your latest or current project. And remember, there are most likely 10 past Fox Maple students who live within a 100 mile radius of where you live. Thanks for all the memories, and here's to another 30 years. Vive Jean-Claude. —Steve Chappell
Fox Maple was founded in 1975, at a time when the timber framing revival was just beginning to take root. Our motivation to begin building new timber frames grew from our desire to fully understand the nature of this ancient building system. In 1983 Fox Maple expanded its reach beyond the building of timber frames strictly for discerning clients, to include education through Fox Maple School, and the dissemination of information through Fox Maple Press. To this day these three distinct aspects of Fox Maple remain linked through their dedication to the high goals set back in 1975.
Timber Framing & Natural Building Workshops
Fox Maple Timber Framing
Throughout the past 35 years Fox Maple's devotion to building the finest commercial and residential joined timber frames available has never wavered. Fox Maple frames are still designed on a client-by-client basis to meet each clients specific needs, and hand crafted by craftsmen of the highest caliber. Our initial goals set down back in 1975 remain the same—to build exquisitely crafted timber frames for discerning clients.
With the Birth of Brady Hayes Chappell, in November of 2007, Fox Maple now enters into its 4th Generation of a family Timber Framing Tradition. In his short but illustrious life, Brady has taken part in several raising's, including Costa Rica and Asturias, Spain. The future of timber framing now seems to be secure.
To find out how Fox Maple can build your upcoming commercial or residential timber frame project, please send your query with a brief overview of the project parameters and essential details via email. We accept projects worldwide.
Fox Maple Press
Traditional timber framing and joinery techniques are at the core of the editorial content, but Natural Building is an important aspect because traditional building, by virtue of its pure and simple approach, is natural building. Timber, Straw, Wood & Clay; these were the traditional materials of the past, but today we think of them as Alternative Building. JQ offers insightful, technical articles about how to make traditional timber framing, combined with natural building systems, appropriate once again to build houses that will last for many generations. Craftsmanship is a key essential to any building endeavor. Articles in JQ and editorial content take this as the first essential, and present it as such. JQ Back issues offer a unique glimpse into the revival of timber framing through insightful articles.
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Time Flies! 2013 marked
Fox Maple's 30th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.
2014 Timber Framing
First Edition of
ADVANCED Timber Framing
At last, this long awaited book is now in stock and ready for immediate shipment.
This is a 368 page, hard cover volume that is jam packed with information about the design and construction of compound timber framed roof systems. From history to Design and Execution, Advanced
Timber Framing has it all covered.
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New Revised Edition
A Timber Framer's Workshop
This 272 pg. Revised Edition has over 150 new photos and includes updated engineering and comprehensive in-depth technical information on the joinery, design and construction of Traditional Timber Frames. Illustrated with over 500 photos and CAD drawings. Click on the book cover for more info or
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