Nicholas St. George - Summer 2016 Steretomy - Art du Trait course at the Heritage Institute - Pat Moore’s Art Du Trait course truly is an opportunity that no one should ever pass up. His extensive woodworking knowledge is only comparable to his excellent teaching capabilities. Pat teaches his course extremely well and helps guide you through any confusion you may have, however, he makes sure that he does not simply give you the solution; he makes sure that it is you who finds it. This aided me in broadening my understanding of the subject matter without falling behind. Now that I have completed the course, I can honestly say that I have no regrets. This course was worth every penny put into it. I also find it prudent to point out just how admirably passionate Pat Moore is about his course. Pat would often stay to work overtime in order to ensure that everyone and everything was on-track. I can truly say that he is one of the most passionate woodworkers I’ve ever seen. I’m extremely satisfied with the course and would highly recommend it.
Second week pavilion built during the summer 2016 Stereotomy - Art du Trait course at the Heritage Institute located at the Algonquin College Perth Campus
Adam Miller - Timber Framer - Patrick is an excellent teacher, with steadfast focus on helping his students develop their strengths in three dimensional visualization and the three dimensional logic that is l'art du trait. Patrick is patient and perceptive to the individual student, knowing when to use a second or third explanation to get his point across and when to challenge the student to put some pieces together and really make the knowledge their own. And he's there to celebrate every breakthrough, like when your brain starts to see the volumes and forms of the drawing exercises right there on the flat piece of paper.
As a professional timber framer, I want my knowledge and skill set to open new doors and possibilities, not to hold me back. With continuing practice in l'art du trait, I know that I will be able to develop any client's idea into a completed frame. Moreover, I will be able to take on these new and complex problems in timber design and execution with confidence and excitement. Compare that with bidding a job with an attitude somewhere between trepidation and trial-and-error uncertainty.
L'art du trait is an art, elegant technology, and way of thinking that has a long and storied past. I see every reason to believe that, largely through Patrick's efforts, le trait will find a home in contemporary timber framing here in North America.
Scaled down Guitarde built by Adam after taking a two week Stereotomy - Art du Trait course
Scaled down Capucine built by Adam. Model is from Plate 88 in L'Art du Trait de Charpente by Billon Freres
Stuart Badham (online student) - Builder and Professor of Carpentry in the U.K. - I feel priveledged to have been able to learn 'Trait' and will be completing all the 'Trait' onlince courses available. Initially I experienced minimal confusion as the drawings on the printable coursework did not seem the same as those in the videos, but as I progressed with the course my confusion dissipated and I now feel I have a real grasp at the subject. All in all a brilliant, well thought out teaching tool which I am very proud to be finally able to master.
Online course projects completed by Stuart
Denton - Timber Framer at Construct and Conserve Inc.- Upon finishing the course I felt very inspired to further myself as a timber frame carpenter. Patrick is a very knowledgeable and patient guy. Willing to work with you and pass along some of that knowledge. Thanks again!
Picture of 12`x12`gazebo built with Construct and Conserve
Daniel Boisvert - Owner and operator of Made by Boisvert - This course went above and beyond my expectations. I have learned a great amount over the course of a month. I wish the course was longer, maybe two months instead of one. All in all I had a great time in the course and would recommend it to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of timber framing in an advanced way. Thanks so much Patrick, you were a great teacher and taught us an amazing amount.
Edwin Miville de Chene - Student - Really interesting course, although it's fast paced, this course has taught me a lot. The teacher is on point and is ready to push things further if you can keep up. This is a great course that I would recommend to anyone who wants to broaden his skills and understanding of carpentry.
Sean Breathnach - Owner and operator of Beyong The Bale - Overall my hope was to develop my abilities to design and construct hipped timber framed roofs. Before hand, this was an intimidating prospect due to the over complicated mathematics involved and the expense of errors. I beleive I have learned hugely and want to continue using this approach to develop my skills to be able to present these building options to clients. I think this puts me ahead of the field in my area and will allow me to take on work that others will shy away from or over-price. My main interest in hipped roofs comes from my work on natural buildings. Most of the buildings have clay plastered exteriors which require an extensive overhangs. Timber frame with straw-bale wrap is also common. I have recognized that hipped roofs offer a significant advantages over gable roofs in the amount of protection that they offer to the wall systems, and the Art du Trait course has helped to make these roof options more affordable and realizable, thus improving the overall building designs I can offer clients. As a movement, I believe the natural building community needs to adopt hipped roofs as a sensible standard for the durability of the homes and buildings that are being created.
An Asian inspired tea house built be Sean after a one month Art du Trait course
Andrew Pamenter - Professor of Heritage Carpentry Algonquin College - Thank you for the opportunity to work with you. Le trait helped me to understand and start to consider how to apply geometric construction in my own instruction. The ability to organize, draw and to apply those elements to the wood assist greatly in solving the challenges of complex roof structures. It has been something that I could understand conceptually but had never taken the time to focus on. I can see using these methods to provide another way of approaching roof framing in particular with my students.
Andy Cockburn - Professor of Heritage Carpentry Algonquin College - Your Art du Trait course was excellent - it helped me to see that there is always more to learn about our trade! Thanks!
Andrew Dowd - Student - Great course! You were a very patient and instructive teacher and I learnt lots from you. I am impressed with your vast knowledge of trait and traditional building methods. You would be an excellent addition to the teaching staff at Algonquin and an invaluable resource to future students.
Tim Roesler - Student at MASW 2017 - I didn’t know what to expect when I started Patrick Moore’s Stereotomy class. I soon learned that the French Trestle we were to design was deceptively complex. However, Patrick broke the layout into manageable steps, allowing each student to work through the exercise before proceeding to the next step. He was very patient with the class. In the end, everybody walked out of the class happy with an assembled French Trestle that they had drawn, cut, and assembled.
Bill Tomchek - Student at MASW 2017 - Stereotomy is a label that's personally no more than nine (9) months old. Even so, it's very satisfying to have recently concluded a 5-day course at the Marc Adam's School of Woodworking (MASW). The art--the science--behind Stereotomy is taught by Patrick Moore, an impressively skilled artisan. Not only is Patrick Moore a master of Stereotomy, but, he's also burdened by large doses of patience and the ability to convey an understanding of this very challenging discipline. Even though some might feel that youthfulness is wasted on the young, Mr. Moore's youthfulness is an impressive accomplishment, not a hindrance.
...the Gordian Knot of Woodworking
...the ability to produce intricate 3-D works from multiple paper-flat views of the objet d'art
Joe DesLaueiers - Student at MASW 2017 - Patrick was a patient teacher helping eight students thru a week of Geometry and building a French trestle-treteaux using technology of old, Stereotomy Art du Trait..Truly an amazing week. I'm looking forward to take another workshop with Patrick and the Art du Trait.
French Trestle built during the one week course at MASW. Trestle built by Craig Flaming 2017
Bruce Cowie - Timber Framer - I took Patrick Moore’s 2 week class Art du Trait in the spring of 2017. My expectations were high as I met Patrick at a timber framers conference where he gave a lecture about the Art du Trait and the past and present roles of the French master carpenters. I have also had the privilege of meeting a few French and German master carpenters on some projects.
Each day we would learn something new and built on what we previously learned. Patrick had a way to twist the exercises each time so you really were forced to apply what you were learning. At the end you would finally say I understand. Patrick helped each student carefully and skillfully.
The models and final project had a mystical format of medieval timber framing. This is what intrigued me the most. Words like Saint Andrews Cross, sloping ridges and irregular roof pitches are just a simple picture of the course. And yet drawings can be made to precisely reviel all the angles and locations of any structure.
Patrick is a master carpenter of honor who enjoys teaching and helping students. The course was way beyond my expectations. I hope to some day build a structure that will incorporate some of the features.
Mike Santos - Student at MASW 2017 - It was my great pleasure to attend the one week course titled Stereotomy Art Du Trait taught by Patrick Moore at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I considered the course a great personal success because Patrick was able to clearly explain the complex spatial concepts related to this ancient art and science and more importantly convey to his students the technical woodworking skills necessary to transform complex two dimensional drawings into a three dimensional fine woodworking project. In our class the project was a French trestle that included woodworking joints that would challenge even the most experienced and skilled craftsman. Notwithstanding that on day one of the class I questioned whether the involved and intricate ideas related to stereotomy could result in a rewarding week, Patrick’s patience, his ability to articulate challenging concepts in a practical fashion and his years of experience becoming the only Compagnon Passant Charpentier on this continent, made the week not just a success but personally rewarding every day. I would recommend that any student of fine woodworking attend a stereotomy course taught by Patrick Moore.
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