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Shelter Institute
Contact Name: Blueberry Beeton Street Address: 873 US Route 1 Woolwich, ME 04579 Phone Number: 207-442-7938 VISIT WEBSITE SEND AN EMAIL
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Think. Build. Live.

Shelter is committed to empowering you to create a better way to live. We offer design build services, custom and kit timber frames, real estate brokerage, fine woodworking tools, accredited classes in homebuilding and more.

At Shelter, we have been an industry leader in evolving durable, adaptable, energy-conscious building techniques since 1974.


For over 35 years, we’ve been teaching people how to build, renovate, general contract, or simply how to live well in their homes.

We take a common-sense approach toward teaching and building, integrating timeless, traditional techniques and tools with cutting-edge knowledge and technology.

Shelter Institute offers a wide variety of courses ranging in length and hands-on opportunity. In our classes we take apart the building process and teach each step individually.


Our clients enjoy full access to our in-house engineering and building services. We will guide you through structural options, costs, and timeframes so you can choose solutions that make sense. We offer site planning, floor plan design, and engineering services for your project. We work with you to develop and define your vision.

Schedule an appointment today to begin designing your new structurally-engineered timber frame, barn, garage, addition, or any structure you can imagine, which we can design, cut, deliver, and raise.
•Design and site consultations
•Detailed two-dimension or three-dimension elevations and floor plans with 3-D virtual walk-throughs
•Timber frame manufacture and shipping
•Frame assembly
•Frame enclosure with traditional purlin and plank for uninsulated buildings
•Frame enclosure with Structural Insulated Panels for super-insulated buildings
•Metal roof installation
•Window and door installation
•Siding and trim installation


If it is for sale in our store -- it is because we use it and love it!

We are happy to share our experiences with these tools which may enhance your own. Given care, maintenance, and love, each of these fine tools is capable of lasting a lifetime. We do limit warranties to those offered by our supplying manufacturers. If ever you have a question or concern regarding any of the tools we sell, please let us know.


These tools, toys and supplies are in constant use by our students, timber framing crews, and family. At Shelter Tools, we have a working knowledge of every product we sell. Graduates will find particular items recommended in class and on site.

Our online selection is growing every day, but if you're in the Northeast, visit the Shelter Tools store on our campus.
873 Route One
Woolwich, ME 04579

If you don't see the tools or items you need, we can find it for you. Write us, call us, or follow us.

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