The Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts

Eyebrow Dormers

June 2 – 4 

This course will guide you through the drawing and developing of eyebrow dormers while cutting a model using hand tools.

The first day will be spent exploring the different forms of dormers and practicing the drawing process.

On the second day we will all draw model projects and begin cutting.

The third day will be spent finishing our models.

The goal of this course is to enable the carpenter to visualize, draw, understand and create curved roof surfaces as they intersect pitched roof planes.


  • Draw curves so that they interact with each other cleanly.
  • Develop valley curves and bevels as they relate to the pitched roof planes.
  • Develop the roof sheathing shapes on a curved surface.

Tools Needed

  • Large compass (12 inches or bigger)
  • Tramell points
  • High quality colored pencils.
  • Framing square.
  • 3 ft. or 4 ft. straight edge.
  • Jigsaw
  • Block plane

Skills Needed

Good knowledge and experience in roof framing, as well as moderately precise drawing skills.

Finished eyebrow dormer

Tuition: $450 per person, $825 per couple; includes lunch.

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Washington, MA 01223

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