Registration is open for the fall Midcoast Conservancy Timber Frame course at Hidden Valley Nature Center, to be held October 10 to 13. The course will be a four-day, hands-on experience where eight students will have the opportunity to build a complete timber frame and participate in every step of the process, from harvesting trees to raising the finished structure. Timber framing, sometimes referred to as post and beam building, is a historic way of building that uses specific joinery to erect a building made from large beams.

Students will work with two expert instructors to learn the basics of sustainable forestry and sawmill operation, building design principles, and hands-on building techniques for constructing a simple frame. By the end of the workshop, students will have completed and raised the finished frame. Most class time will be spent with tools in hand and working in small groups.

Tuition is $450 for Midcoast Conservancy and MOFGA members, and $500 for all others. Scholarships may be available. Tuition includes lunch each day, use of all necessary tools, a cookout on Sunday and a Midcoast Conservancy membership. Complimentary housing at one of the huts is included if desired. To register, go to, or call 389-5150.