Author: Jonny Briggs

The Prince’s Foundation – teaching oak framing

The Prince’s Foundation – teaching oak framing

10 weeks of hands-on tutoring, with 10 students, teaching traditional oak framing techniques. That’s the outline of the live build phase of the annual Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Apprenticeship. In 2011, I was one of those apprentices, and from 2012 onwards I’ve been one of the tutors. I learnt new trades alongside expert craftspeople and […]

Why I Love Traditional Timber Framing

Why I Love Traditional Timber Framing

Generally speaking, I like building things rather than writing about building things. But it’s worth making an exception for traditional timber framing. Plus a key part of my tutoring on the Prince’s Foundation is trying to communicate my passion for this traditional craft. I do have an extensive power point presentation on this, but I’ll not […]

The Peach House, Dumfries House

The Peach House, Dumfries House

Working on the Peach House at Dumfries House has been an amazing experience. It has combined everything I’ve learnt so far, since being involved with the Prince’s Foundation. I’ve embraced the opportunity to design, project manage and build this oak framed structure –  a goal of mine for some time. It was through The Foundation […]

Dumfries House Summerhouse – Live Build 2012

Dumfries House Summerhouse – Live Build 2012

This summerhouse sits at the heart of the walled garden at Dumfries House. The Queen Elizabeth Garden is now one of the largest walled gardens in Scotland and produces vegetables for the estate’s cafe and restaurant. The walled garden summerhouse was the 2012 Live Build project, part of the Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Apprenticeship programme. The […]