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Join us for our upcoming timber frame class…

June 16th - 21st

The Course is limited to 8 people -
contact: if you are interested in a July course.

Interested in learning the historic art of timber framing?

Mohaka River Farm is partnering with Heritage Timbercraft to build a timber frame gazebo on the farm. We would like to invite you to join us for this 5 day course to learn some of the basics of the craft so you can implement them on your own structure.

We will be building a 30 square meter gazebo incorporating the following timber frame elements:

  • King Post Trusses

  • Common Rafter Pairs

  • Elevations with Posts, Top Plates and Housed Braces

  • Curved Braces

Timber framing joinery includes:

  • Mortise & Tennon Joint

  • Half-lap joint

  • Sloped Shoulder joint

  • Birds Mouth

  • Housings

  • Slotted plate housing

We will cover the following aspects:

  • Timber selection

  • Shop drawings

  • Layout

  • Cutting

  • Test-fitting

  • Finishing

  • Raising

Here are the details…

The class will run for 5 days.

The class size will be 6-8 people (minimum of 6 participants, if less than 6 enroll in the course we may contact you to reschedule).

The price of the course is $2250 per person.  This covers the cost of the course as well as dinner each night (lunch on Friday).  Breakfasts and lunches are self-catered.  We are located about halfway between Napier and Taupo on Highway 5, so we recommend you bring enough food to last the week, as well as filling up on petrol before you arrive.  Gas stations and grocery stores are at least an hour away in both directions! 

Accommodation is available at Mohaka River Farm and is not included in the price of the course.  There is a 50% discount for course participants and family members.  To book please email or text or ring 0272299004.  You can view options online but will need to book via email or phone as these dates are being held for course participants.

If you would like to bring friends or family along who are not participating in the course, they can participate in the catered meals each evening for an additional $195 per person.

You will be using chisels, mallets, drills, chain mortiser, drop saw, skill saw, plunge router, trim router, sander, surface sander and hand saw.  You will need to have a level of competency with hand and power tools to be able to operate the equipment safely. 

Sign up using the link above.

NOTE: You have to input the starting date of the course in order to see the course tickets available for purchase.

Class Schedule


  • Arrive at Mohaka River Farm- 3 PM

  • Meet & Greet

  • Introduction

  • Tour of premises

  • Pizza dinner

  • Plan for the week

  • Introduction to timber framing

  • Project overview


9am - 1pm: Orientation, safety briefing, steps with the project

1 - 2pm: BYO lunch

2 – 5:30pm: Layout

6:30 – 8pm: Dinner


9am -1pm: Layout and cutting, chisel sharpening

1 – 2pm: BYO lunch

2 – 5:30pm: Layout and cutting

6:30 – 8pm: Dinner


9am - 1pm: Layout and cutting

1 – 2pm: BYO lunch

2 – 5:30pm: Cutting & test fitting

6:30 – 8pm: Dinner


9am - 1pm: Test fitting & finishing

1 – 2pm: BYO lunch

2 – 5:30pm: Test fitting & finishing

6:30 – 8pm: Dinner


9am - 1pm: Raising

1 – 2 pm: Lunch provided

2 – 4 pm Raising

4 pm: End of course

Click here to sign up!


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