Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp opens


By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.com



A timber frame instructor watches as a camper uses power equipment at the Light Foundation camp.

A timber frame instructor watches as a camper uses power equipment at the Light Foundation camp.


A circular saw is used to make a cut at Chenoweth Trails.


Matt Light demonstates the art of using a chisel in timber frame construction.


A camper learns the art of using a chisel at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.


A timber frame instructor observes a camper putting a square to work at the Light Foundation camp.


A camper uses a power saw to make a cut at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.


Matt light takes time to expain part of timber frame construction.


A camper uses a chisel and hammer at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.


Matt Light watches as a timber frame camper works with a hammer and chisel.


Matt Light oversees a camper at the Light Foundation Timber Camp held at Chenoweth Trails.


A timber frame instructor teaches a camper the art of timber frame construction.


A timber frame camper uses a square to make a strait mark on a timber.


A camper uses a chisel while working on a timber frame building at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.


An instructor oversees a camper at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.


GREENVILLE – The Light Foundation opened its first ever STEM Timber Frame Camp at Chenoweth Trails Monday morning running through Wednesday.

“We have a great group of young people who are learning the art of timber framing,” said Matt Light. “It dates back to 5,000 BC so for 7,000 years they have been perfecting the art of timber framing. It died off and in recent years there has been a resurgence in the art of timber framing.”

“We have 13 young people from as far away as Florida, one from the great city of Foxborough, Massachusetts with most of them from right here in good old Darke County,” Light added.

The campers are making a timber frame shed that will be erected by the pond located at Chenoweth Trails.

“The shed will serve Chenoweth Trails and the Light Foundation for hopefully hundreds and hundreds of years just like the old timber frames of the past,” said Light. “The cool thing is – we have examples of timber frames all over Darke County from the great barns and homes to the log cabins and everything else that were utilized from the forests right here in the area.”

“Not only can young people see living examples of these incredible structures, but they also get the sense of accomplishment of crafting this incredible joinery just the way they would have done hundreds and hundreds of years ago by the early settlers that came to America from Europe,” Light continued. “It’s an exciting program – it’s very hands on.”

The Light Foundation brought some of the world’s finest timber frame builders to Darke County for the three day instructional camp.

“We have some of the best instructors in the world,” noted Light. “We have guys here from JCM Timberworks. They are a company located up in Holmes County (Killbuck, OH).”

Jacob Miller, the president of Friends of Ohio Barn Association along with his brother, John Miller, Rick Beck are in Greenville helping instruct the campers at Chenoweth Trails for the week.

“Rick is an incredible timber framer, former firefighter,” Light said. “We have Raymond Friend, another incredible timber framer, teacher turned timber framer. We have Mike Christman who has been integral in our timber framing here at the Light Foundation and to round that off we have Terry Clark of Bears Mill who has a rich history in Timber Framing as well.”

“All these instructors are doing an incredible job teaching these kids how to do mortise and tendons, all of the little hands chisel work, working with slicks and understanding how to respect tools.”

“It’s been an incredible journey so far,” Light concluded. “We’ll see how this thing ends up.”

A timber frame instructor watches as a camper uses power equipment at the Light Foundation camp.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_f-1.jpgA timber frame instructor watches as a camper uses power equipment at the Light Foundation camp.

A circular saw is used to make a cut at Chenoweth Trails.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_g-1.jpgA circular saw is used to make a cut at Chenoweth Trails.

Matt Light demonstates the art of using a chisel in timber frame construction.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_h-1.jpgMatt Light demonstates the art of using a chisel in timber frame construction.

A camper learns the art of using a chisel at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_i-1.jpgA camper learns the art of using a chisel at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.

A timber frame instructor observes a camper putting a square to work at the Light Foundation camp.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_j-1.jpgA timber frame instructor observes a camper putting a square to work at the Light Foundation camp.

A camper uses a power saw to make a cut at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_k.jpgA camper uses a power saw to make a cut at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.

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Matt light takes time to expain part of timber frame construction.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_n.jpgMatt light takes time to expain part of timber frame construction.

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A camper uses a chisel and hammer at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_r.jpgA camper uses a chisel and hammer at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.

Matt Light watches as a timber frame camper works with a hammer and chisel.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_s.jpgMatt Light watches as a timber frame camper works with a hammer and chisel.

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Matt Light oversees a camper at the Light Foundation Timber Camp held at Chenoweth Trails.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_a-4.jpgMatt Light oversees a camper at the Light Foundation Timber Camp held at Chenoweth Trails.

A timber frame instructor teaches a camper the art of timber frame construction.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_b-1.jpgA timber frame instructor teaches a camper the art of timber frame construction.

A timber frame camper uses a square to make a strait mark on a timber.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_c-1.jpgA timber frame camper uses a square to make a strait mark on a timber.

A camper uses a chisel while working on a timber frame building at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_d-1.jpgA camper uses a chisel while working on a timber frame building at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.

An instructor oversees a camper at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/07/web1_e-1.jpgAn instructor oversees a camper at the Light Foundation Timber Frame Camp.

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 853-6390-Ext. 1751. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 853-6390-Ext. 1751. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.