Precious Woods

Not long ago we had an oak tree falling into the river and to avoid to create a dam and bring our neigbouhr in danger we decided to save the wood. So we called an action to get most of the tree out of the water.

Here you see how and what we did

WORKSHOP2018-Round wood timber framing

Two weeks of round wood timber framing workshop

Here we are… Woodhalla is organizing a second Round Wood Timber framing workshop

(basic carpentry skills required) from 1st to 14th of june 2018.

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The Project is to build a round wood timber framing living house with light adobe walls. as you can see on the picture with the model, the main structure will be 3 cruck frames creating 2 bays, mainly using sweet chestnut and eucalyptus globolus logged in the neighbourhood. We have room for 7 people(few people to keep the quality of learning experience), who are interessted to learn and explore ancient techniques about round wood timber framing.

During the workshop you will prefabricate round wood timber framing based on center lines and framing bed (see Ben Law)

and learn

  • marking on framing bed
  • rule & scribe method
  • joinery: mortise & tenons, half dove tail, cruck joins, cogged cruck join
  • trad. way of making pegs and wedges
  • layout based on center lines
  • use of hand tools

The workshop will be facilitated by Alan Ueland

2016  reciprocal timber framing workshop in Terre Alta

2017 reciprocal timber framing structure “Woodhalla”…/round-wood-timber-framing-project-woo…/

The workshop will be held during 2 weeks. we will provide 3 vegetarian meals. The organic vegetables found on the table will come from our and local gardens.

With our experience of last year it is just possible to do the complete workshop. Last year we had participants for half the workshop. But for the flow of the learning experience we see that it is nessesary to part take the hole time.

We run our project mainly donation based; and we want to run this workshop on donations as well. We ask a minimum donation of 550/ 2weeks.

For early birds untill 15.april 500€/ 2weeks.

We have a big camping ground, close to the river. Compost toilet and commonhouse, where we going to cook and eat.

If you would like to take part please contact us


if you want to see more what we are doing visit our facebook “Woodhalla”

Hope to see you soon

The Woodhalla team

Common house how it goes



This is our common house and clay oven. It was build 2011 after buying the land. We had very small budget and so it never got finished until 2016. We got donations and could get started. Now I want to show you what we did:

Its December and this is what happend on the Common house in august. We reinforced and extended the walls.



here you can see that we rendered the natural stone wall with cob. You see the extension of the back part of     the roof.




That looks also better and is improved.




Round wood timber framing: Project Wood Halla

Natural building: round wood   timber framing 

Two intensive weeks on learning joinery and reciprocal frame

As you can read on our profile Woodhallas, we are a bunch of people who moved to the forest to live a more sustainable life in contact with Nature. All of us built and are building our homes following different solutions of natural building. Of course making your own house is satisfying, but at same point it comes natural to come together and make common places. After finishing the structure of common terrace, we would like to create a space that fit our interest to work with wood. At the same time, the building will serve as a future classroom and wood working atelier. Living in the woods, once again we had no doubts, but chose to make a natural building from local resource material. And why not starting it with a timber framing workshop and invite interested people?

We are going to build a 7.5m round reciprocal structure in round Eucalyptus.

We will use and learn:

ancient marking technic (center lines and marking benches, profiled T-squares, log scriber), learn to cut mortise and tenon, half wedged dovetail,and scribed joinery, lay out compound joinery on round wood, sharpening and maintaining hand tools. basics on foundation and logging

After the experience of building Henrik’s house in Terralta   Alan and Dominique felt enriched from the experience and the people involved. So, they had the idea to organize a similar event in the valley where we live. The natural building will be a further version and an improvement of the previous structure we build in Terralta in June 2016.

The workshop will be held during two weeks, 6+6 days and the Sunday free. It is possible to take part at the workshop only for one week. During the workshop three vegetarian meals a day will be provided. The organic food found on the table will come from local family farms. Here, as a “forest community” we live partly on donations and gifts to make our projects happen. As well we want to organize this workshop based on donations. So, the amount we indicate is the minimum we ask to be able to support the costs.


Date: 26 June-08 July

Donations: 275 € per week. Full workshop 500 €

Lead facilitator Alan Ueland    Assisting facilitator Dennis Kjellstrom

Briefly on the project:  the workshop will be to layout accurately multiple compound joinery on round wood via center lines and our new marking benches. Than we will execute this joinery with hand tools and finally put the wall and roof structure up.

I am sure it will be an enriching experience for all of us, but it also will be hard work. We have a lot to do and for this we take two weeks so we can really go through the experience together from marking  the wood to raising day.

About the structure: Since the reciprocal workshop in terra alta we have come across new technic for marking out round wood joinery and based on old school chinese/japanese marking technic, we want to remake this old tools and set them to use. The building will be a 7.5m , 9 sided structure with a 9 sided reciprocal roof frame,with a pitch of 19 degrees. There will be a secondary level to the roof, which consists of 27 jack rafters creating 9 equilateral roof surfaces. and this levels out the roof at 30 degree pitch so we can close it with roof tiles. ( see pictures)

The main frame will be joined full Mortise/ Tenon with a joined collar brace at each corner, pre cut on the floor. And the secondary roof members will be scribed in place and nailed to the primary roof members.

The overhang roof will have a different pitch than the main roof. It will be carried by braces joined to the pillars and on top go 45 mini rafters.We have chosen to go for a very sturdy main frame with smaller members for the second frames. Smaller woods are easy to get and light to handle.

The wood will be eucalyptus from the neighbour farm and pine from our lands. Eucalyptus is a tough and challenging wood to work in joined frames but we will use old proven technic to stabilize the wood. The pine will be for wall boards which will be nailed to eucalyptus studs and we will mill it ourself here on our lands with an Alaskan chainsaw mill and a stihl 660 chainsaw. visit gallery woodhallas

our model





If you want to take part to our timber frame experience and want more info, please contact us at, subject: timber framing workshop.

We have spare tools, but please bring if you can, the following ones: framing/mortis chisel min.30mm, best 40-50mm; chisel gouge 25-40mm; combinations square with level and/or small spirit level; bevel and any other favorite hand tools you like to work with… This way, everybody will be able to carry on their own tasks without having to wait or simply just watch!

As well, basic wood working skills are required.

Volunteering: we are open to volunteers between May and July 2017. If any interested please do not hesitate to contact as at


The workshop started

We started the workshop and i want to give you some pictures how it is going

   What would we do without the help of our wonderfull neighbour friend with his tractor.   


But still we have to carry all the wood the last bit by hand                                               

or on the shoulders.


the well earned Rest.

The kitchen and the workshop

                           in production.

See you soon with further updates.

and back we are . this all happend until

16.august. we where full in the production and how you see sometimes it was not easy. our pig “Fiona” came for a visit and didn`t want to leave.


The walls go up and it started to hail.

The production of the collor braises up on the structure.

The conection of the henge and oak pegs and the tri pot for the roof raffters.

And the raffters go up.


And its up the reciprocal


But still so much to do. If you are a wood worker and have time you are wellcome to part take in further finishing work.


See you soon with further development.

hallo lovely people. This is our further development:

We put collar braises


And here you see once more our wonderfull reciprocal roof.


And we finally got to put the roof tieles with a lot of help of our wonderfull friends, supporters and volunteers.



We are almost done. The rain can come and did.

See you soon

Reforesting the mountain

The valley where we live, home of different species of trees, it used to be agricultural land for the families of the closest village. During the last 25 years most of the lands has been abandoned and the overgrowth is taking over. When fires come everything gets burnt; pioneer— and invasive— plants has virgin lands to conquer fast. After one year, the green eucalypt babies are shining in the burnt black landscape. And here arise the problem: eucalypts don’t allow other species to grow. Thus, when the next fire comes, it will burn these trees fast and leave again a black space. Our concern is to protect the mountains and our homes from fires, not only by cleaning the wood and making fire-cuts. In fact, we want to cooperate with nature by seeding and planting native species which will slow the fire down,

We can see that the areas where oaks and chestnut trees are well established, are the least threaten by the fire. Finally, the fire will burn the ground layer, but it will find hard to burn the trees and continue its journey from valley to valley.

Last summer(2016) we experienced a big fire which travelled many kilometers on the mountain and remote villages. Now, we got the chance to improve this situation and the best way is to reforest the burned areas.

A couple of months ago we started to collect different kind of seeds — and spread/plant them on the mountain. In order to be more effective we would like to develop this project cooperating with local authorities, organisations and associations.

In the last 26 years there were 3 big fires, the last one run for 30km across the mountains. We accept donation for the reforestation programm, for more info contact us at

Burnt landscape after the fire

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Collecting seeds locally






collecting seeds at the school yard




  Our collection:

about 2 million of seeds inluding sicamor maple, oak, chestnut, wild pear, strawberry tree, douglas fir, silver birch, local maritime pine.







Hicking the mountain with friends and children 2nd of October 2016

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Seeding session: Spread & Plant! 2nd October 2016

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 2nd Seeding session, 2nd December 2016

 And we also had a seeding session in the garden


 One Year passed and we keep on planting and seeding Trees.

Sadly our seeding session in the garden didn´t work out. The germination rate was like 0. But we don´t give up.

Alan collected thousand of Acorns of different kinds ( Corc Oak; Holm Oak and the common Oaks)

And finally we have a bit rain end of November. So we gather all the sprouting Seeds and of we go to the Hills.

The little Trees (Cupressus lusitanica) you can see there we planted 2010/11 after the big wildfire 2010. And surprisingly we find trees we planted years ago. That is very motivating.

Our garden

Photos by hellinger-fotografie.deCome and learn and share with us about gardening. We grow a variety of vegetables, herbs and berries in our common garden and are happy for helping hands and sharing our knowledge about:

  • How to prepare the land in autumn
  • Seeding and planting in spring
  • Watering Portuguese mountain terraces
  • Harvesting and conserving methods

Please send us an e-mail if you are interested in joining us.

Bio dynamic & organic gardening


Biodynamic gardening PortugalYou can learn with Jessica  about bio dynamic gardening. Jessica has  post graduated with a master of organic and bio dynamic agriculture.
She is able to work on one-to-one basis with you or teach smaller and bigger groups. Please get in touched if you would like to learn with her through:
You will learn about:

  • sustainability and renewable resources
  • differences and techniques of: conventional and traditional agriculture and organic and bio dynamic gardening and permaculture
  • The plant nutrition
  • Natural biological cycles
  • Fertility and microorganisms
  • Ploughing and Composting
  • Fertilization and fertilizers
  • Plant physiology and reproductive biology
  • Agricultural and beekeeping plants
  • Consociation, rotation of crops, synergies
  • Defense cultures and preparation of natural and homeopathic antiparasitic
  • BIO-DYNAMIC AGRICULTURE and the vision of Rudolf Steiner
  • The bio dynamic preparations
  • Nutrition for body and spirit
  • Astronomy Basics – the sun the moon and the planets
  • Homeopathy in agriculture