FullCruckBrittanyDSC03572013 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

FoxMapleLibrary1a1aFox 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.
This may best be conveyed in what has become known to our many students over the years as our mantra, "perfection & grace puts a smile on your face"
, and to our guiding belief that quality far surpasses quantity.—Vive Jean Claude!

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Teaching the art of fine timber frame joinery is at the core of Fox Maple's educational efforts. This includes the systems of structure, joinery layout & design, and how to execute perfect joinery. But perhaps more importantly, we provide the space, opportunity and motivation for our students to awaken the craftsman they have within and to connect with the subtle aspects of what it is to be a craftsman. We then go on to explore the use of natural enclosure systems, focusing on the most practical and efficient to meet our modern needs and to provide a truly Green Building alternative.
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Fine Craftsmanship is at the heart of our teaching philosophy. Exploring ways to make traditional systems practical to create high quality dwellings to meet our current building needs is our mission. Teaching people to become fine craftsmen is what we do.

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In 1973 the seeds of Fox Maple were beginning to sprout through the study and renovation of barns and colonial house frames in the western foothills of Maine. In 1975, Fox Maple Post & Beam began offering new house frames in the tradition of the 18th century Maine architectural landscape to discerning clients in what was to be the first seed of the revival of this ancient craft. The rest is history. Our goal was to first thoroughly understand the ancient methods from which we could then develop practical and aesthetically pleasing joinery systems and frame designs appropriate for a modern timber framing tradition. This included the development of complex joinery systems that allowed the framing of joined hip and valley BradyFM60042a1roof system.

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.

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Joiners' Quarterly began publishing technical information about Timber Framing and Traditional Building in 1983.

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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Stuff we do
Advanced workshop 2004

Spring 2004 Advanced TF course project

Spring 2005 Advanced TF course project

Asturias, Spain Summer 2008

Patagonia, Winter 2006

Octagon Pendants, 1986

Students of the 2010 Costa Rica Workshop carry natural curved teak tie beam.

Setting up the center lines
on a curved teak tie beam in
Costa Rica workshop.

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Costa Rica 2014 & Spring at Fox Maple Workshop Dates Now Posted!!!



Time Flies! 2013 marked
Fox Maple's 30th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.

Upcoming Workshops

2014 Timber Framing

Intro Timber Framing
June. 2 - 7, 2014
Fall dates coming soon

Advanced Timber Framing
June 9 - 14, 2014
Fall dates coming soon

Traveling Workshops

Cost Rica 2014
Timber Framing
Feb. 26 - March 8th

For More Info
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ADVANCED Timber Framing
Gold Medalist
2013 Benjamin Franklin
Book Awards

Silver Medalist
2013 IPPY Book Awards


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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Timber Framing Mallets
Available at the Fox Maple Web Store
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Clearing Out the
Barn Sale

2 Frames are now Available for sale!!!
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