LIVERMORE — A free workshop on traditional timber frame joinery will be presented from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center. The public is invited to attend and help cut the joints in the very first beams for the historic Norlands barn reconstruction project.

Participants are welcome to learn a new skill or just come and watch the process. All hand tools will be provided. Visitors may also sign their name or scribe a special message on the beam. The hands-on event will be followed by a public potluck picnic supper at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a cold dessert or salad to share.

The Norlands is a nonprofit educational museum dedicated to preserving the heritage and traditions of rural life in Maine’s past.

“We teach using living history experiences, such as opportunities for hands-on involvement in the activities and skills of sustainable and independent rural living in both historical and contemporary times. Creating a post and beam barn together with people who believe in Norlands’ mission is our goal,” said executive director, Kathleen Beauregard.

The afternoon workshop will be held at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road. Registration and donations are appreciated, but not required. Visitors who wish to stay longer will hear about the plans for the future barn-raising to be presented at the Norlands’ annual meeting, which will follow the potluck supper.

For more information, call 897-4366 or visit

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