Scribner’s Mill Preservation, Inc. plans to offer a timber frame workshop Sept. 25 and 26 at the mill site at 251 Scribners Mills Road, in Harrison. Contributed photo

Scribner’s Mill Preservation, Inc. plans to offer a weekend timber frame workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26 at the mill site at 251 Scribners Mills Road, Harrison, with instructor Ed Somers.

Somers is a local contractor versatile in traditional and non-traditional construction techniques. He apprenticed with master craftsman Bob Dunning, learning the technique of building a timber-framed structure.

Workshop participants can learn about timber framing, and how to lay out exact measurements to make precision cuts. The goal is to assist in building the frame of a 40-foot by 14-foot exhibit shed at the mill site.

Participants the following week can assist in the frame’s construction as their time permits. Once the framing is compete they will assist in the raising of the frame (the date of which is to be determined).

The workshop is limited to four participants. Senior high school students are encouraged to enroll if interested in woodworking and learning an early construction skill. The workshop fee is $100; full or partial scholarships are available. The fee includes a timber framing text book by Ted Benson, “Building the Timber Frame House.”

The 1847 Historic Scribner’s Saw Mill is located on the Crooked River just south of Bolsters Mills. Classic timber framing was used in the construction of most of the buildings on site, hence the interest in using timber framing techniques to build a similar structure that will be used to house the 19th century water powered machinery that has been donated to the preservation organization.

The workshop fee will be reimbursed if the participant helps in the construction of the frame during the week.

For more information and to register, call 207-743-5277 and leave a message. The registration fee, with one’s name and contact information, should be mailed to PO Box 323, Harrison, ME 04040.

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