THE HEARTWOOD SCHOOL
The Heartwood School was created in 1978 to teach the skills and knowledge it takes to build an energy-efficient house. Since that time, Heartwood's programs have expanded to include all aspects of the homebuilding crafts, particularly timber framing. Will Beemer is the director of Heartwood, and he helps teach many of the courses and has been designing and building houses for over 40 years. He has been a construction foreman at the Arcosanti project in Arizona, design instructor at Cornell, and served as co-Executive Director of the Timber Framers Guild for eleven years. He has organized and taught building workshops around the world, including timber framing courses at Palomar College in San Diego, North House Folk School and at the Colorado State University Mountain Campus. He has written for Fine Homebuilding, Joiner’s Quarterly, Wood Design & Building, and Timber Framing. He is a major contributor to the best-selling book Timber Framing Fundamentals (published by the Timber Framers Guild) and is currently working a new timber framing book due out in 2016.
Since 1978 The Heartwood School has been offering students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels a chance to improve their homebuilding, woodworking and timber framing skills. Check the Heartwood website for information on courses and where to stay.