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Craft in Focus New York

workshop | Make your own ‘toognagel’

Ian Stewart - Saturday May 18 & Sunday May 19
Building 1, Industry City
1 hour
$ 10
Saturday May 18
Sunday May 19


Timber frames are held together through the use of toognagels, called trunnels or pegs in English.  These “wooden nails” are riven out of a log, shaped with a drawknife, and then placed into a timber frame, where they can still be found hundreds of years later.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to read a log for riving, how to split out toognagels and shape them.  There will be an emphasis on reading the grain and tool usage.


Ian Stewart, owner of New Netherland Timber Framing and Preservation, has been working the preservation trades field for more than a decade. Dedicated to the furtherance of the traditional trades and crafts in America, Ian is President of the Board of Directors of the Preservation Trades Network and is a member of the Timberframer’s Guild.


Ian’s woodworking career began in a carpentry shop at SUNY New Paltz in 1996. After several years on the road working as a rigger in various theaters, he went to work as a restoration craftsman at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, New York.


Ian worked for the esteemed millwright Jim Kricker, whose mastery was and continues to be an inspiration. During his time with Jim, he perfected his woodworking, timber-framing, black-smithing, and masonry skills on historic mills and barns. Ian later worked for Historic Hudson Valley as one of their restoration crew, responsible for the care and upkeep of four famed historic sites in the Sleepy Hollow region of New York.


Specializing in Dutch construction in the New World in the 17th and 18th Century, Ian is constantly researching, and exploring these techniques from centuries ago.

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