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Custom Timber Frames & More

We offer a wide range of services- including design-build, custom and kit timber frames, and real estate brokerage. Tackle your own building project and enroll in our accredited classes in home design and construction. The very best selection of woodworking tools, even hard-to-find ones, is also available in our shop.

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Shelter Design Build offers a full suite of design build and engineering services. We got your innovative yet practical building solutions.


Teaching people to design and build their own homes since 1974! Fuel your learning desire by attending our virtual courses.


Our tool store is holiday-ready! Stop by and pick up those last minute items incuding the hardest to shop ones!


Shelter Realty will find the right piece of land suitable for your needs throughout the Midcoast Maine region.

Online Timber Framing Course

Get to know the techniques for enclosing and insulating timber frame structures, foundation styles, siding, roofing and general weatherizing materials, wood selection, and how best to finish the timbers. Be skilled at wood craft on a grand scale. Learn at your own pace within 12+ hours of recorded video, downloadable PDF cutsheets, 10% off the store, and more. Learn at your own pace within 12+ hours of recorded video, downloadable PDF cut sheets, 10% off the store, and more.

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The Very Best Selection of Fine Woodworking Tools

If it's in our tool shack, it's superior quality and don't crack! We aspire to provide excellent quality equipment, tried and tested in our lifetime. With capable hands and proper care it will last you a lifetime. Browse Timber Framing Tools, Hand Saws, Carving Knives, Axes, Work Benches and more.

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