Timber is one of Scotland's most significant traditional building materials. It has a rich history from cruck frame houses to decorative internal timbers, and is used across a range of building features, including:
Structural material (roofs, lintels, beams and joists etc)
Exterior decorative features
This short course will provide an introduction to the essential biology of timber used in Scotland over the centuries. It will trace timber's sources, from early samples of Scots origin to imports from the Baltic states and North America.
Examine timber's physical properties, its natural weathering and decay processes, and its resilience to man-made damage or interference with our conservation experts.
You'll also learn about the complex issues surrounding decay caused by wet and dry rots, and current best practice methods to remove and prevent fungal problems in timber.
You will learn current conservation principles and how to undertake appropriate repairs, from an initial survey, through to specification, procurement and on-site repair of existing or installation of new material – all according to best current principles of best conservation practice.
This course includes practical workshops and site visits. Previously, these have included:
Traditional joinery techniques workshop
Bannockburn House (Stirling)
Great Hall (Stirling Castle)
Timber workshop visit
This course will run on the following dates:
Monday 18 February
Monday 4, 11, 18 and 25 March