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A group of children helping to build a frame from timber

Master Builders: Working with Timber

Saturday 23 November 2019

Engine Shed

Family friendly

Least technical

Event Description

As part of our Master Builders programme, families can get hands-on with the materials used to conserve Scotland's traditional buildings.

Join us, in partnership with Archipeago Folkschool, for timber day. Timber is one of the oldest building materials and can be found throughout Scotland's traditional structures.

Have you ever wondered how Crannogs, piers or boats were built? At our timber day, use traditional woodworking tools to make your own little boat. Drill holes for masts and use traditional copper to embellish your vessel. Or take a look at some half hull models and use planes and spokeshaves to shape them. 

Work in teams to build a cruck frame house just like the ones which used to be found around Scotland’s coasts – some were even built from shipwrecks! Do you have what it takes to become a joiner?

Don't forget to pick up your Master Builder Log Book and to collect a stamp each time you visit to become an Engine Shed Master Builder!

Additional information

This activity may get messy. Please wear appropriate clothing. We provide the appropriate personal protective equipment for all of our activities (for example masks, safety glasses and gloves).

Please note

Activities suitable for ages 7+. Parental/guardian supervision is required for the duration of the activity.


During the course of public events we may take photographs for use on our website or other promotional material. This would be done under the lawful basis of legitimate interests. 

For and photographs of individual children we will ask for your consent. If you have any questions about this please speak to the photographer, or see our privacy notice.

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