Traditional French Scribing Workshop

Toimumise aeg: 27.05–31.05.2024

We’re inviting you to a five-day Traditional French scribing workshop in Estonia. This program is sure to provide an excellent opportunity to sharpen and expand your carpentry and timber framing abilities in both theory and practice within an international group of carpentry enthusiasts. Participants will learn how to hew timbers, scribe the beams with scribe rule method, cut joints with saws and chisels, make a mortise and tenon, and use a plumb bob in the traditional French way.  The workshop is 100% practical – working robe and ability to handle tools is expected.

The workshop belongs to the main program of International Log Building Conference bringing log house builders and enthusiast all over the world to South Estonia (Räpina). We warmly recommend to expand your stay to take part of pre-conference tours, meet professionals on the conference venue or see the competition for log house builders.

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The Dates
The workshop is held on May 27-31, 2024. The days start at 9AM and last until 5MP. Full lodging is provided from Sunday May 26 evening to Saturday June 1 morning.

The Group 
The course will be held in English. Space is limited to 8 participants and is not expandable. 

The Tutor
Miles Jenness is American carpenter living in Maine, USA. As the son of a well respected woodworker Miles has been working with wood his whole life and his interest in timber framing was piqued in the early 2000’s. In 2008 he started working for talented timber frame restoration company where he worked until starting his own company Vermont Heavy Timber in 2014. At VTHT Miles with his team restores and preserves historic timber framed structures, from small repairs to total disassembly, repair and reassembly, and everything in between. At VTHT they also design and cut new timber Frames with a deeper understanding: “Our experience in restoration gives us a strong understanding of structural and functional components of timber frames that we apply to the new frames we produce.”

Training site
The course will be held in the Vanaajamaja Center for Traditional Building and Craft. It is located in the small village of Mooste, in southern Estonia. The Center is a renovated old grain dryer surrounded by 16th-century Mooste Manor. The Training Center consists of a broad workshop with enormous two-story heritage protected kiln oven, seminar room with exposition of traditional building materials, a small kitchenette for coffee breaks and a Finish sauna. All tools needed during the course and safety equipment for the participants are made available on the training site. However, if you have your favorite hand tools you are used to, bring them along without a hesitation.

Accommodations are at the small private Mooste guesthouse (double occupancy/2 persons per room), which is a restored building in the historic manor complex. All meals will be provided with an emphasis on local food. 

1090 EUR,
includes everything in-country: tuition, accommodation, all meals, organized field-trips. Full lodging is provided from Sunday May 26 evening to Saturday June 1 morning. Participants are responsible for their own international transport, travel insurance, and extra-curricular costs.

We are expecting the deposit of participation fee (300 eur) to be paid within two weeks after registration to guarantee a spot for the participant. Deposit is not refundable. The rest of the tuition (790 eur) is to be paid by March 31st. 

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The course will be hosted by Vanaajamaja, an Estonian non-profit organization dedicated to establishing training programs, disseminating information, and generally serving as a center of Estonian traditional building and log house renovation. Vanaajaamaja has been hosting workshops and organizing training courses for Estonian carpenters since 1998.

More information/questions:; +372 56658117


Mooste is a unique village in southeast Estonia with an active international community of crafts people, builders, artists and musicians: housed within the historic setting of the local manor. In this short video Mooste is introduced by Germain Joyet. Germain came to know Vanaajamaja and Mooste through several visits to Estonia. After a Vanaajamaja smoke sauna building workshop in April 2014, Germain decided to buy an old house in Mooste and renovate it for himself.

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