Heritage Wood Occupations

Duration: 20 days - Specialist Applied-Skills Programme, 5 days - Experienced Worker Programme, 10 days - EWP
Location: Clifford, Herefordshire. HR3 5EU
Cost: FREE SAP & NVQ Assessment for CITB registered companies - Self funders please contact us for quote

Run out of our Clifford workshop, this course is available at 3 levels

  • SAP or Special Applied-Skills Programme – a 20 day intensive course in 2 10 day blocks for those with only limited site experience or qualifications
  • EWP or Experienced Worker Programme – an intensive 10 day course for those with a few years’ site experience plus some relevant qualification.
  • EWP experienced – a fast track 5 day course for those with lots of experience and qualifications.

The programme forms part of the NVQ Level Three in Heritage Skills. Successful completion of an NVQ portfolio will enable candidates to apply for their CSCS Gold Heritage Card.

Studying the conservation and repair of historic timber framing, carpentry and joinery, participants will develop a solid theoretical underpinning to practical on-site skills development in bench joinery and timber framing. There will also be opportunities for practical sessions in repair at the historic Old Vic Theatre, Bristol.

Course Content

In the classroom

  • Architectural recognition
  • Knowledge and identification of materials.
  • Different timbers, ironmongery, adhesives and finishes
  • Recognition of defects: cause and effect
  • Identify damage and inappropriate materials
  • Causes and effects of moisture ingress into buildings
  • Wet rot, dry rot and fungi: treatment and repairs
  • Insect attack: woodworm species and wood wasps
  • Reading from plans and specifications
  • Producing sketches and basic scale drawings
  • Measuring out instruments and setting out datums
  • Knowledge and understanding of conservation law
  • Best practice in conserving or restoring timber-based products
  • Maintaining safe working practices when working on conserva-tion projects
  • The recognition of historical significance and carrying out re-versible alterations
  • Recognising previous interventions

Bench joinery

  • Tools of the trade; sharpening, care and maintenance
  • General on-site joinery repairs
  • Shaping and milling; understanding detailing
  • Making and using jigs, setting out complex shaped and bespoke joinery products
  • Installing bench joinery in the workplace

Heavy Timber Framework

  • The history of timber framework in the UK
  • Specialist tools and equipment
  • The components of typical timber frame construction
  • Setting out, measuring and marking out
  • Jointing and shaping
  • Fitting, fixing, finishing, positioning and erecting
  • Conserving or restoring timber framework

Grant Support