Last weekend I did three days of timber framing at a workshop in Virginia. I took the workshop at Heartwood Building School in Massachusetts last summer. This workshop helped to refresh my memory of all the terms (arris, slick) and techniques I learned there, plus more.
There were maybe 20 or 30 others working on the frame, a mix of experienced and recreational timber framers, and a few people who were completely new to it, but had carpentry experience. There was plenty of guidance, and a laid back, friendly atmosphere.
This is what we built:
It's called a woodshed, but it could serve other purposes too. It will be auctioned off to benefit a program that prevents violence in families.
On a project like this, you work on pieces, and at the end, we put all the pieces together. My own contribution felt small but it's there.