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2024 Timber Framing Workshop at Fox Maple
Introductory Timber Framing, July 1-6, 2024
Advanced Timber Framing, July 8-13, 2024FoxMapleWorkshopIMG4400

The dates are now set for our 2024 workshop series at Fox Maple. We hope to see you there.

Introductory Timber Framing Despite the heading, the Intro session is quite advanced in its concept and depth of material covered. This is an extremely comprehensive course that lays the groundwork for all of the most essential aspects of timber framing from design considerations and parameters, engineering, layout and execution of joinery, culminating with the raising of a full scale timber frame that the students literally design, layout and cut themselves.

Advanced Timber Framing Workshop
This workshops takes the knowledge gained in the first session to a completely new level where we explore the wild and wonderful world of complex, multiplaned and multi-dimensional joinery. This workshop is not for the faint-of-heart. In this course,
students will learn a systematic process to determine angular relationships for virtually any three dimensional form or structure, and how to then apply this information to the layout and execution of complex, compound joinery. The results are often truly amazing. Students must have completed the Fox Maple Intro TF workshop or have 2 years professional timber framing experience to qualify for this course.

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Stuff we do

Spring 2014 Reciprocal Roof Advanced Timber Frame course project

Fox Maple Nosara timber frameSpring 2015 Student paring 1/2 Dovetail
Tie Beam tenon

Four Valley system cut as the Spring 2015 Advanced Timber Framing Course Project.

Asturias, Spain Summer 2008


Patagonia, Winter 2006

Nosara CR Winter 2015 Timber Framing Workshop Project

The 1218 Traveler Chappell Universal Square
The best square in your tool box

ChappellSquareLayout2DSC0498The first Chappell Square was unveiled at the Timber Framers Guild Conference at Montebello in 2010. Ever since the debut, the 1824 Master Framer has by far been the most popular and top seller for good reason. Quite simply, no timber framer or carpenter in this day and age should be without a Master Framer as a first choice purchase, but its little brother, the 1218 Traveler should not be overlooked.

The truth is that when I walk into my shop, the first square I pick up is undoubtedly the 1218 Traveler. This little brother to the Master Framer has garnered little fame when standing up alongside its big brother, but on its own merit, it is one of the most useful layout tools I have in my shop. It's size and proportion give it perfect balance and weight, and it feels ever so sweet and comfortable in your hand. It is perfect for checking the square of timbers and quickly gauging sample layouts. I use it for laying out the lions share of my secondary joinery details, and with the tongue being 12 inches on the outside, and 10 inches on the inside, it's perfect for quickly gauging and laying out rafter and strut angles using the base 12 common rafter run system on the outside, or the base 10 Chappell Square system on the inside. Whether you're a weekend woodworker or a professional builder, don't be without a 1218 Traveler in shop or tool box. And as its name implies, it's a perfect size to slip in your bag and take on the road.
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Outbacker Layout Square

OutbackerChappellSquare1If the Traveler is the little brother to the Master Framer, then the new Outbacker represents the next generation of Chappell Squares, adding a whole new level of layout flexibility in the shop or on the jobsite. The new Outbacker is deeply etched with the most essential patented Chappell Square tables, putting a world of information literally in the palm of your hand.

Made with the same 13 gauge 304 stainless steel as the rest of the family of Chappell Squares, the new Outbacker is rugged enough to provide generations of use and even doubles as a great ice scraper (a handy winter advantage). The 1/4 inch stainless steel spine gives the Outbacker a perfectly balanced feel, and fits as comfortably in your hand as in your back pocket. Now you can take the most essential patented Chappell Square rafter tables with you anywhere you go—and no batteries required.

Read the 'This is Carpentry' article about the Chappell Square

The Chappell Universal Framing Square!!!
The First Innovation in the Framing Square in 110 Years

The Master Framer model #1824 and the Traveler model #1218 each have the unique, patented Chappell Universal Square rafter tables. The front side body has a comprehensive Equal Pitched Rafter Table for determining layout of hip and valley roof systems with common pitches ranging from 2/12 to 18/12. The front side tongues have Unequal Pitch Rafter Tables for unequal roof systems ranging from 4/12 to 15/12 with a main common pitch of 12/12. The back side bodies have comprehensive Rafter Tables for 6 and 8 sided polygons. The backside tongues have Unequal Pitch Rafter Tables for roof systems with a main roof of 9/12.

Made of 13 gauge stainless steel with deep etched rulings and tables, this square will last a lifetime. The Master Framer, model #1824 has a body 2" x24" and a tongue of 1-1/2" x 18". The Traveler, model #1218 has a body 2" x 18" and a tongue of 1-1/2" x 12".
We suggest you read the article below to hear what carpenters are saying about the Chappell Square.

This is Carpentry article about the Chappell Square

Purchase a Chappell Square Now

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Setting up the center lines

on a curved teak tie beam in
Costa Rica workshop.






Assembling English Joint in
Spring 2014 Introductory Workshop

Frames For Sale
The workshop project from the Summer 2020 Workshop is now available for sale.

The Intro class project was a 16x20, High-Posted Cape with both king and queen posts trusses. The Advanced course project was a 16'x18' Half Octagon extension to the Intro frame.

This is a sweet little frame package that would be perfect for a guest cottage, workshop or a stunning music studio.

Check out the details

Fox Maple Store
urchase books, back issues of Joiners' Quarterly and more from the Fox Maple Store.

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Nosara, Costa Rica 2014


Time Flies! 2022 marks
Fox Maple's 40th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.

Upcoming in 2024

imber Framing Workshop
at Fox Maple 2024

Intro TF July 1-6
Advanced TF July 8-13
Combined July 1-13

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.
Click cover graphic for more info


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
Order now

Timber Framing Mallets
Available at the Fox Maple Web Store

Clearing Out the
Barn Sale

2 New Frames now
Available for sale!!!

Check Them Out!!!!

Check out the
Chappell Universal Square


2024 T.F. Workshops at Fox Maple
Dates Now Posted


The November 2019 workshop project in Costa Rica, was a 12-sided, triple reciprocal roof structure in teak. The 12 posts were scribe fit to giant stones. Only the top 1/3 of the stones are visible in the photo. A large portion of the frame above was laid out using the 1218 Traveler Square.

Fox Maple Press
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.
Booksellers looking to add a Fox Maple title to your catalog, click on the Booksellers link above.

Fox Maple Announces Two Apprenticeship Openings

item17Fox Maple is now accepting applications from highly motivated individuals to fill two, one year-long apprenticeships.

All applicants must have a deep desire and commitment to expanding their understanding and talents in all aspects of timber framing and traditional building skills. No prior experience is required, however, an eagerness and desire to learn and an ability to commit to projects at hand is imperative. The faint of heart or those with ambiguous agendas should not apply.

Through the course of the apprenticeship both national and international projects will be involved, so all applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid passport and a willingness to travel. All applicants must be ready and available to begin the apprenticeship immediately upon acceptance. Past Fox Maple workshop students, or family members of past students, will be given first priority. item18

In addition to a resume and letter of intent, all applicants must include the answers to the following questions with their application.

1) How many generations of carpenters are in your family?
2) How did Socrates die?
3) What do you know about Quantum Physics? (In 100 words or less)

To apply, please send your resume along with a letter of intent via email with the subject, Fox Maple Apprenticeship, to

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