Traditional Timber Framing in New Zealand

2024 NEW ZEALAND Workshop

Traditional Timber Framing

Building Without Nails
Taught by Benito Steen


  • Sunday, July 14, 2024
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024
  • 09:00 AM
  • 05:30 PM


  • Kerikeri , NEW ZEALAND


  • $ 1200 inc all meals
Sorry, this workshop is full, with a waitlist
Traditional Timber Frame Joinery Workshop in New Zealand
with Benito Steen

This workshop is full, with a waiting list.

A 6-day introduction to the historic art of timber framing, in Kerikeri, New Zealand. Join us build and raise a traditional timber frame structure on our friends property.

You will learn the art of laying out a timber frame structure, cutting mortise and tenons both by hand and power tools, plus a peek into lumber selection and milling. You will gain a good understanding of tools and how to maintain them. 

No timberframing experience required: This course is accessible from beginners with little experience, to builders who want to learn the craft of timber framing.

During this workshop, we will be building a small extension building and is a great example of a beginner project.

The cost of workshop at $1200 includes all meals and camping on-site.
A $400 deposit is required to confirm your spot.
Full day program from 9am-5pm each day. 

This is an off-site workshop while Benito visits in New Zealand. It will be based at our friends, Barney & Lauren’s building site, where they are in the process of building their natural home, 15 min from Kerikeri. Their family with 4 children are living onsite and will be joining throughout the workshop.

Camping is available on-site, with outdoor bathroom facilities.
Three homemade meals will be provided per day, including coffee and tea. Please bring own plate and silverware. BYO personal beverages and snacks.
Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. Or if you do want to not be included in the meals/stay.

We will only be providing 35mm framing chisels to use during the course. If you have your own framing chisel, please feel welcome to bring one.
Otherwise please bring the following Essential Tools for timber framing, in order of priority: 

Daily Workshop Schedule

Benito is a builder and artist, who strives to find the connection between space and beauty, shelter and nature, the hand and materials.

Born and raised in southeastern Arizona where his parents teach natural building, Benito comes from a long lineage of artists and makers and grew up surrounded by people from around the world coming in with new skills and crafts every day.

Homeschooled, he gravitated early on as teenager towards the trades and arts such as: plastering, blacksmithing and woodworking.  

He has taught natural building and timber framing throughout Latin American and Southeast Asia. Always learning and experimenting he mixes old techniques with the new, to create beautifully sustainable and healthy houses.

View Some of the methods taught in this workshop: