Traditional Timber Frame Joinery Course - Build a Tiny Space:

Tiny Lifestyle and Golden Frames have merged and the result is an outstanding Woodworking Course providing students of all ages and skills, an opportunity to collaborate and build a traditional 10m2 Timber Frame.

Traditional greenwood timber construction is one of the oldest forms of building that remains in use today, dating back to some of man’s first primitive structures; using large greenwood timbers slotted together to form stunning, natural structures without the need for nails. This course gives you a hands on approach to learning this craft.

Over a week’s tuition, students will gain a broad understanding of calculating, crafting and building a timber frame structure. They will practice woodworking techniques with hand tools and power tools, learning about the tools required; how to use them safely and how to look after them, including sharpening techniques. They will learn how to choose the right timber; understand individual logs and how milled timber moves during seasoning and many other tips and tricks.

Joinery using no nails, just wood

Tutor Graeme Scott, who has two decades of woodworking experience including owning an eco-building company in the UK comments: “The course is about empowering people to build their own homes, so that they can afford it. Actually empowering those people to believe ‘yes, I can do it myself and keep the costs down - only having to buy a few expensive products or materials, as opposed to the whole thing. To give them the confidence (and a training booklet) so the students have the skills and information to replicate their own timber frame at home. From zero experience to feeling pretty confident that they could actually go forward and claim their dream of building their own structure.”

The course will be held in a beautiful part of Golden Bay, with a stunning swimming hole just 2 minutes walk away and all the other benefits of this stunning area: Beaches, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain-biking… Camping and campervan sites are available or accommodation can be booked for an extra cost in the communal house which also serves as a space for students to rest away from the workshop and the site for communal meals.  Wholesome, nutritious, morning teas and lunches are provided every day or a fully catered option is also on offer. Only 8 spaces are available, to ensure each person gets the attention needed to learn the craft.

 Graeme Scott gives a hands on approach to teaching the craft of timber framing

“There are many opportunities for us to get to know each other, including a communal dinner on Sunday evening before the hands on part of the course starts on Monday morning” says Tiny Lifestyle’s Simone Kidner. “We also host a celebratory team meal on the Friday evening after erecting the completed timber frame, honouring the beautiful structure we’ve created that will stand for over 100 years.

The course runs from 2pm Sunday 1st December through to 12pm Saturday 7th December. Booking is essential.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Book this course before 31st September and receive a reduced early bird price of $1,750. Visit or email 

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