Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont offers over 80 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Now in its 35th year, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Our hands-on 1-day to 3-week workshops, certificate programs and semester programs are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

New Yestermorrow T-Shirt Design is here!

Hi Folks! Check out our new T'Shirt graphic in Men's and Women's sizes..Special thanks to Kristen Zeiber Anne-Marie Flusche for their hard work on the design. (They make great gifts!)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Natural Paints spruce up South Studio

The Natural Paints and Finishes class gave new life to the South Studio this fall. Mineral pigments were added to bases made with either clay or milk curds. The Rasta theme just sort-of happened as a result of trying to mix rich colors. Jah mon!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Exhibition and Sale: Opening Reception this Saturday!

We are busy getting ready for the 2nd Annual Exhibition and Sale featuring art from the Yestermorrow community! The Main Studio Gallery is spruced up, and new pieces are arriving for the show every day- including ceramics, photography, watercolors, collage, fine furniture, wooden boxes, oils, and a variety of mixed media pieces.

The vases shown here are by Michael Sullivan, a Yestermorrow 2005 intern. You can now see more of the work from the show online at:!

Join us Saturday evening from 6-9 for the opening reception, and the exhibition will continue through Sunday, December 10th from 9am-5pm daily.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Chalet bathroom gets a makeover.

The old leaky chalet shower is now a thing of the past. This beautiful new watertight shower was completed last week. All of the interns got to participate in the various aspects of this project from the plumbing, to the tiling, to the plastering. It was a long process, but our hard work paid off as the bathroom is now the best room in the chalet.

West Wall Project is Complete

After months of work on the west wall of the shop, the project has come to a point of completion. Thanks to the natural paints and finishes class the doors were painted with an auburn casein (milk based) paint and a salmon alis (clay based) paint; and look great. Rough cut pine was used around the windows and doors to give add a little wabi-sabi. And to top it off Zack dressed up a couple sections with birch bark strips, found in the back forty. With the doors complete, the shop is now ready for really big projects to move in and out through the west wall.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Our latest Biofuels course successfully converted two diesel trucks to run on straight vegetable oil (SVO). The class split into two teams and spent the weekend installing heated SVO tanks, fuel and coolant lines, and electrical solenoids and switches. By Sunday evening the trucks rolled out our new shop doors and hit the road running petroleum-free!

Stump to Sticker

Our first Stump to Sticker class taught by instructor Nick Zandstra of Topsham was a huge success! Over 2 days they walked the woods, talked about sustainable and low-impact forest management techniques, learned how to fell trees and haul them out of the woods by hand (using a hand arch), and mill the wood using a portable WoodMizer sawmill. The two trees which were harvested (a hemlock and a yellow birch) will be used in upcoming Yestermorrow class projects, and a few of the hemlock pieces have already found their way into the timberframe which we raised last weekend as rafters. In this photo one of the students tries to lift the log using the leverage of the arch.

Electricity: Safe and Secure

Despite the title of our recent class, Electricity: Safe and Secure, our student Susan demonstrates her special technique for wire stripping...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Super-insulation Guru Visits Yestermorrow

Yestermorrow Instructor Bill Hulstrunk came by last week to help us re-insulate the wall by our new Executive Director's office with cellulose. We are now buttoned up for winter and toasty warm. Thanks Bill!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Yearly Yestermorrow Art Show & Sale

Opening Reception:
December 2, 2006
The Yestermorrow Design/Build School is gearing up for its 2nd Annual Art Show & Sale with artworks in all mediums from staff, instructors & interns. If you are in the neighborhood please stop by any time December 2-10, 2006!

Artwork is arriving -- Look forward to photography, pastel, ceramics, fine woodworking, water-color, collage and lots more!

If you would like to submit artwork to the show please contact:
Lisa Williams:
Nils Shenholm: