Check out the New Cappell Square YouTube Channel
Six New Videos on how to use the Chappell Square have been posted.

OctagonAdvworkshop1992a CRraising0308 assemblyfxmp98 IMG_0846

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

Check out Chappell Universal Square on YouTubeGraphic1a

Recent postings include videos on: Tips & Techniques, Working with the Chappell Ruling, A Line-by-line Lesson on how to use the Equeal Pitch Rafter Tables, and more.

New videos covering all aspects of using the Chappell Square, to include line-by-line breakdowns of working with the Unequal Pitch and Polygon Tables, will be posted soon. So check back in, or better yet, subscribe to be notified of each new posting.

Costa Rica TF 2024 Now Set
Nosara, Costa Rica • April, 2024

The final design for the 2024 Costa Rica Community Building Initiative workshop has now been set. Due to timing and logistics, the start date will be delayed up to two weeks. If you could not make the workshop due to the previous schedule, you now have a second chance to sign on. Final dates will be posted in short order, so stay tuned for updates.

In this project we will be teaming up with the Bomberos de Nosara, to build a new Headquarters and Principal Lifeguard tower at the main entrance of Play Guiones, Nosara.

Working alongside the local lifeguards who will be manning the station, students will lay out, cut and erect a pentagonal tower, with an eclectic flying hyperbolic curve roof system. The frame design will provide an excellent opportunity for students to expand their timber framing talents to include compound polygonal and hyperbolic systems. This workshop is highly recommended to serious timber framing enthusiasts, and to anyone who would like to pitch in to help the Bomberos of Nosara save lives through their life-saving program.

This workshop has all the makings of a life-changing, and potentially, life-saving, community building experience.

For any surfers, you'll be happy to know that the tower will be built on the beach directly in front of one of the most consistent surf breaks in all of Costa Rica, at Playa Guiones.

The workshop will be conducted in Playa Pelada, at the beachfront retreat and learning center, villas Ecositas Nosara. All work will be carried out under the 12-sided reciprocal pavilion built in the 2019 Costa Rica Worlshop. Camping on site is included. A limited number of space will be available on a first-come basis in the Ecosita bungalows on the property. These will be casitas shared with other students, available at a cost of $400 per person for the duration of the workshop. A few partial scholarships will be available. Anyone wishing to apply, send an email queary explaing your need for a scholarship.

ReciprocalFrameFoxMaple72IMG3070bWorkshop Details

Tuition: $2,450. 50% of the tuition will be charged to reserve spot upon registration.

Tuition includes all meals, tent camping at villas Ecositas Nosara (bring your own tent).
Bathing facilities are availableon site.

If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Register Now

2024 Timber Framing Workshop Now Set
Intro Timber Framing, July 1-6, 2024
Advanced Timber Framing, July 8-13, 2024

ReciprocalFrameFoxMaple72IMG3070aIf you've ever wanted to take part in what has become the longest running timber framing program on the planet, we invite you to register today to reserve your spot in the Summer 2024 Workshop Series, 

As usual, we will be offering the Introductory and Advanced Timber Framing courses back-to-back. This is the best way to get the full flavor of timber framing essentials, allowing one to gain the knowledge and confidence to enter the trade professionally or to build your own timber frame home. 

We look forward to meeting and to working with all of the new students, as well as any returning students in 2024.

Vive Jean-Claude


Workshop Dates

Inro Timber Framing
July 1-6. 2024
Advanced Timber Framing
July 8-13, 2024
Combined Intro & Advanced
July 1-13, 2024

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

Register Now


Teak Gooseneck Joint. Nosara 2014


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.

NosaraDSC0322Scribed post to stone CRitem1a1aCosta Rica 2014 Photos.
Click here

Costa Rica 2013 Raising Gallery

Brittany, France 2013
To see a Photo Gallery of the
Brittany Cruck Workshop click below
Brittany 2013 Photo Gallery


tenon paring Fox Maple


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

imber Framing Workshop
at Fox Maple 2024

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


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

Check Them Out!!!!

FMbookletcov1 WEB1a