Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

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Introduction to Timber Framing – 10/21 to 10/23

Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A) and Sweet Clover Farm proudly host a three day intensive post & beam workshop led and facilitated by the dashing and exceedingly skilled Ansel Gifford; so get out your straw hats and clear your calendars for this one-of-a-kind life experience! The workshops will take place Oct 21st – 23rd, 2016.


By the end of this weekend, students will walk away with a wide range of skills and ideas, and the satisfaction of having cut, built, and raised a spectacular Finnish sauna frame featuring a classic hammer-beam roof system.

In this course, you will be introduced to all aspects of timber frame construction. You will gain a command of the language, philosophy, and virtues (as well as limitations) of post and beam building. You will learn about design and layout. You will learn how to cut joinery using saws, chisels, and the ever important “hole-hog” drill. Finally, you will participate in an actual “sauna-raising” down by the Farm’s natural pond.

This workshop will be held on Sweet Clover Farm, in Eaton, NH. This “end of the road” organic farm, with its meadows, gardens, and orchards, represents the perfectly idyllic location for this undertaking. Attendees will have a chance to see the evolution of timber frame construction by touring the historic farmhouse, built in the early 19th century, as well as the Farm’s new barn, raised in 2015. The Farm also boasts a custom saddle notch log home. Each of these three buildings was constructed using timbers, logs, and granite harvested and quarried off of the property. Each workshop day will be capped by a farm-to-table style communal meal (including gluten-free and vegetarian options) and a cookout on the shores of the picturesque Crystal Lake.

Registration and Fees
This workshop will be capped at ten people, so register soon as we expect it to fill rather quickly. We will have a waiting list, so if you register and must cancel, please inform us as soon as possible. We’ll refund your registration deposit if your spot can be filled by someone on the waiting list. If you are aged 14 -17 years, special parental permission will be required, and you must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, older family member, or family friend.

Workshop Fee: Single person $400. Couples $750.  This fee includes lunch and dinner, Friday-Sunday. Qualified individuals are encouraged to ask us about need based scholarships, which are limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Camping (optional): Single person $80. Couples $120. Sweet Clover Farm welcomes attendees to pitch a tent and camp. The Farm will provide you with breakfast on Saturday and Sunday in the historic farmhouse in addition to the lunch and dinners included in the regular workshop fee.

Refunds: We will have a waiting list, so if you register and must cancel, please inform us as soon as possible. We’ll refund your registration deposit if your spot can be filled by someone on the waiting list. If the workshop does not meet the minimum enrollment, registered attendees will receive a full refund.

Inclement Weather: Obviously, we expect the timber frame gods to smile on this weekend with plenty of sun and perfect temperatures. In the case of rain, the workshop will be moved into the Barn and Meetinghouse. In the event of a large multi-day storm system, it is possible that the workshop will be cancelled and rescheduled.

To learn more about the farm, camping options, and workshop details, contact Quddus Z. Snyder, Farm Director, Sweet Clover Farm by emailing or calling 443-570-3009.

To register, click here, or call Josh Arnold, GALA Director, at 603-539-6460.