FAq - online courses

Frequently Asked Questions about the online courses

What tools and equipment will I need to properly pursue the course?

- Please visit our Online Tool List for a complete tool list. This list is the ideal tools and equipment needed. Although, if you are looking for the tool list for a workshop please click here. If you have any questions or concerns please contact - lamidutrait@gmail.com

What exactly comes on the USB thumb drive?

- For each task model there are full step-by-step written instructions with guided pictures, pictures of the models using sketchup, and a video of a teacher going through the process of drawing on a white board. Plus, a teacher is always available via email, phone, or skype to help and answer any questions you may have.  Skype seems to be the best medium because we can use sketchup to help explain things, all while having a face-to-face conversation.   And Yes, there are explanations of the theory behind these instructions and process. They are explained in the videos and in the handouts.  

I am worried about spending all this money on the online courses and then realize that it's actually really hard for me to fully understand and grasp the theory behind the drawings and layout.

- You may be right. That is a possibility. I can't say that you will fully understand every step at 100%. This is normal. Quite often students aren't able to fully understand the theory right away even during a face-to-face workshop. Sometimes no matter how much information, explanation, visual aids, and sketch up models are shown, not everyone will grasp the theory right away.  Quite often it comes later after repeating the models a couple times. All that being said, no matter what course, theory, or information you are learning, you wont always fully understand everything on the first try. It takes time, repetition, questions, and often times, trial and error.

Will the videos and handouts be sufficient to learn Art of Trait and have the ability to build all of the projects showcased in each course (1-7) without the need to attend an in-person workshop?

- Yes, the videos and handouts, are for the most part, sufficient to learn Art du Trait. You will not need to attend an in-person workshop. However, if you have any questions throughout the course, a certified teacher will be available via Skype, phone(US and Canada only), email, snail mail, and walk-in appointments at the office (if you live close enough).

How long are the videos contained in your courses (1-7)?

- The videos vary in length depending on the amount of information the teacher is trying to deliver. For each project there is a step-by-step handout and video you can follow. This will help you. During the first couple stages the videos are longer because we are relaying lots of info. But as the course progresses, the videos typically reduce in length because the student is starting to have a good base of knowledge and all the teacher needs to do is relay smaller amounts. The rest is up to the student to build the models using previously learned information.

You state that each course has over 40 hours of instruction, is that the length of your videos or the time spent by the student on the course?

- The 40 hours is the amount of time the student will spend on the Stage 1 course. That is studying 8 hours/day for 5 days straight. However, that being said, not a single student has been able to complete it in under that time because of their scheduling. On average, it takes students approximately 3-4 months to complete Stage 1, that is studying during evenings and weekends.  The other stages will take longer to complete. It can be difficult to give an exact amount of time to complete because every stage has a different amount of material. For example; in Stage 4 there is a Summerative task that has an estimated time of 300 hours. In Stage 5, where double curvature work is introduced, there is an estimated time of 60 hours. So in other words, each stage varies in length.

Will I learn how to build a Twisted Steeple or a Guitarde through your online courses?

- This is a common question I get because the twisted steeple, along with the Guitarde, are two of the most complex structures to build and design properly using Trait.  Both the Guitarde and the Twisted Steeple are very catchy to people because of it's uniqueness and originality. That being said, they are very rare and not many get built. As a matter of fact, their is not a single twisted steeple or guitarde in all of the Americas. They are usually found in continental Europe, most notably in France because of the Compagnons. For the most part, they are built as a master piece to be accepted as a Compagnon during the Tour-de-France. So to answer your question, No, I will not teach you how to build one, but you will gain the skills, abilities, and knowledge to build one for yourself. Twisted Steeples and Guitardes, along with other master pieces are considered true works of master because nobody teaches you how to build it. You simply apply what you already know with the experience you gain to overcome this obstacle, which makes it a master piece.   To say one wants to build a twisted steeple, Guitarde, or any other master pieces seen, is like saying one wants to build a Lamborghini or a formula F1 race car from scratch. To get at that point where one can, it first requires many basic fundamentals. Baby steps! You must first learn and practice many things before getting to that point.

Is scale covered in the course, does it show you how to go from a scaled model to the full scale project layout like a gazebo roof or a bow window roof etc.

- Yes, we do cover scale as a fundamental basis for our drawings and models. As with many other skills learned in the stage 1 course, the ability to scale up and down is crucial and necessary to progress during the course.

Will I learn how to do Descriptive Geometry Drawing by hand?

- In short, yes, you will learn how to do Descriptive Geometry by hand. But more specifically the course teaches Practical Stereotomy.  The course is specific to carpentry and timber framing. You will learn descriptive geometry/practical stereotomy through this medium. Building scaled down wooden models is part of the course.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate and email lamidutrait@gmail.com