Costa Rica 2019 Timber Framing Workshop Now Posted

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Stuff we do

Spring 2015 Intro & Advanced
TF course project. Final raising Cumberland, Maine

Teak Gooseneck Scarf,
Nosara, Costa Rica Fall 2014.

Spring 2005 Advanced TF course project

Asturias, Spain Summer 2008

Costa Rica Teak Frame Casita, 2008

Patagonia, Winter 2006

Raising bent in Costa Rica 2004


Rattlesnake Mtn Project, 2011

Brittany 2013 Photos Posted
To see a Photo Gallery of the
Brittany Workshop click below
Brittany 2013 Photo Gallery

Spring 2019 Timber Framing Series at Fox Maple
Intro TF, May 27-June 1
Advanced TF June 3 - 8

Fox Maple's signature Timber Framing workshop series will be ongoing in 2019. These two workshops taken back-to-back, are without doubt the most comprehensive and intensive timber framing workshops on the planet. Going on nearly 40 years, the systems and methods of teaching have been set in stone, allowing students to come away with a wealth of knowledge in the design and executuion of traditional timber frame joinery

At this time there are still openings in both sessions.
Register soon to assure your spot.

Registration Form

Costa Rica Reciprocal Roof Pavilion Updated
5-Day Post to Stone Scribing Workshop, Oct 27-31, 2019
12-Day Reciprocal Roof Pavilion Timber Framing, November 2 - 13, 2019
Combined Reciprocal Roof & Scribing Workshop, Oct 27- Nov 13, 2019

ReciprocalPavilionFrontPerspectiveThe design of the reciprocal roof pavilion for the Costa Rica workshop is shaping up quite nicely. The drawing to the left is a preliminary design scheme for a two tiered 12 sided structure. The base footprint diameter is 42 feet, and the lower tier reciprocal roof diameter is 53 feet, with a total height of 34 feet.

While the general structural form is pretty well set, we are still considering the possibility of making it 10 sided, due to the pure Golden Ratio geometry of a decagon. Final plans and design details should be completed soon, and will be posted as they become available.

As the design has developed, it has become clear that there are two very distinct, and quite sophisticated aspects to this design, 1) being the process of scribing the posts to the stones, and 2) being the actual design, layout and execution of the reciprocal roof system, which in this design amounts to two separate and distinct roof system. PlayaPelada2

With this in mind, we have decided it is best to highlight each aspect with a unique workshop focus on its own by adding a 5-day module preceding the workshop dates posted, in which we will scribe all of the posts to the stones. This is a distinct art form in itself, and therefore deserves to be done at a pace where students can really focus on details and nuance so as to achieve perfection and grace. This scribing workshop session will take place October 27-31, 2019.

Registration is limited to the first 12 students to register for each session so register soon to assure your spot. There is a 20% discount on the scribing session to all students who have already registered for the reciprocal roof workshop.

We hope you can join us in what promises to be the most exuberant Fox Maple Timber Framing Workshop project ever.

Post to Stone Scribing Workshop, Oct. 27-31, 2019 Tuition: $1,250
Reciprocal Roof Workshop, Nov. 2-13, 2019 Tuition: $2,600
Combined Scribing & Reciprocal Roof, Oct 26-Nov 13, 2019, Tuition: $3,600

Tuition includes all meals and camping on site for the duration of the workshop. Bathing and kitchen facilities are available.

Register Now


Costa Rica 2014 Photos.
Click here

Costa Rica 2013 Raising Gallery

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Links to
useful info

A Workshop Primer:

Tools & Lodging Info, a must read
for potential students

Natural Building Workshops
Clay Systems, Cob, Thatching

FMbookletcov1Download the
Fox Maple School Booklet

This booklet describes all of our workshops, the school site, tools and supplies you should bring to the workshop. It also includes timber framing plans of the principal structures at the school site. All of these structures were workshop projects, built by students.
To download click on the cover graphic to the left.

Teak Gooseneck Joint. Nosara 2014

tenon paring Fox Maple


Time Flies! 2017 marks
Fox Maple's 35th year of teaching
Perfection & Grace.

Fox Maple School
Timber Framing Workshop 2019

Intro TF May 27-June 1st
Advanced TF June 3 - 8th

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

Clearing Out the
Barn Sale

Currently we have no frames Available for sale!!!
Check Them Out!!!!

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