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STR101K22 Stereotomy with Patrick Moore

November, 5 - November, 9 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


From historical construction to contemporary woodworking, Stereotomy offers methods to visualize and execute complex works with beautiful results.

Sophisticated two-dimensional drafting techniques allow a designer to precisely render every component of three-dimensional structures such as vaults or arches before the wood or stone is ever cut.

In France, the journeyman tradition of carpentry includes the study of Stereotomy and a young carpenter arriving in new shop would typically build a pair of trestle sawhorses, with the complexity of the objects serving as a testament to the journeyman’s mastery of the art. This would dictate to the owner the journeyman’s position in the shop and the level of complexity that could be delegated to him It would help the journeyman fix a suitable position in the shop based on his skill, experience, knowledge and understanding of sterotomy. This tradition was formalized by Pierre Francois Guillon, who founded the School of Applied Stereotomy in 1871 in Romanèche-Thorins, France to train elite craftsmen.

Today, Canadian woodworker Patrick Moore has developed a passion for historical carpentry and has dedicated himself to reviving the knowledge of Stereotomy.

In this special one-week class at the Southwest School of Woodworking, Patrick will share his mastery of these classical techniques as he guides students through building their own French Trestle, with a stunning design that he calls the Moore Trestle.

In this fascinating class, you will study the history — and science — behind the art as you learn to visualize the necessary geometry, then create 2D stereotomical drawings that you will then use to construct your trestle.

The finished table is a functional work of art — and science.

You will learn:
What is Stereotomy

  • How Stereotomy was used in the past
  • How Stereotomy is relevant today
  • The traditional training of a European journeyman carpenter
  • Basics of drafting
  • How to develop a set of stereotomical drawings, including plan view, elevation view, net view
  • How to use the drawings to lay out the trestle
  • How to cut compound angles
  • How to lay out, cut, and assemble the Moore Trestle

Prerequisites: Knowledge, understanding, and use of hand tools.

Tools required: Tool kit supplied by the school.
Please bring ear and eye protection and a safety mask. Valved masks are not acceptable.

Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 9.

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus.

  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school. Valved masks are not acceptable.testament

Meet your Instructor

Patrick Moore

Canadian woodworker Patrick Moore has developed a passion for historical carpentry and has dedicated himself to reviving the knowledge of Stereotomy. Patrick teaches Stereotomy at schools in the United States and Canada. He has studied extensively around the world, countries such as France, Germany, Spain, England and Italy just to name a few.


November 5, 2022@9:00 am MST
November 9, 2022@5:00 pm MST
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