Updated 2016 Teaching Schedule

June 5th, 2016

Updated Class Schedule:

I’ll be giving two presentations at SketchUp Basecamp 2016 and I am honored to be on the speakers list! Basecamp is full – so I hope you registered early and I hope to see you there!

Due to the popularity of the early summer Introduction to SketchUp at Heartwood we have added a second class this fall, and we have moved the Pro class to a later date to allow folks to take an intensive 1 week workshop of Intro + Pro, with discounts available if you sign up for both classes.

Timber Framing and SketchUp
SketchUp Basecamp
Steamboat Springs, CO
June 13-16, 2016

SketchUp is an ideal platform for designing heavy timber structures (and buildings). Join experienced timber frame designer Mike Beganyi to learn how SketchUp and LayOut are used from initial client contact and sales proposals, all the way to shop drawings and construction documents. You’ll walk away understanding how to quickly model concepts for clients, generate take-offs of timber components for estimates, get into the nitty gritty details for permits, and take your framing design through the engineering process and develop shop drawings for consumption by a design/build or timber frame company.

Introduction to SketchUp
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
October 24-26, 2016

The three-day Heartwood hands-on workshop will cover the basics of the software and work toward completing a small timber frame design from rough sketch to client presentation. The class is a great chance for new users to learn the software in the context of a finished project or for experienced 3D and CAD designers to learn and expand their skills with a free and incredibly powerful modeling and presentation tool.

Advanced SketchUp and LayOut
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
October 27-28, 2016

LayOut is a powerful addition to SketchUp Pro and makes the basic program into a dynamioc prsentation tool. It can act as a simple graphic design program or as a complex window into your SketchUp models. Treating the LayOut page as a sheet of trace paper, we can peer into multiple models, zoom in on joinery details, and add dimensions, notes and graphical; data to move from our 3D model to presentation, permit and final shop drawings.

Private Consulting and Training
Ongoing, on site or via screen share
Inquire via phone or email.

Private consulting and instruction for individuals and groups is offered via on site presentations and instruction as well as via screen share and conference calling.

Timber Framers Guild Community Building Project

May 18th, 2016

I have been working as the designer on a new project for the Timber Framers Guild. More information on the TFG website.

TFG-Canalway
by Mike
on Sketchfab

Featured

May 16th, 2016

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Nice to be featured on the SketchUp website!

Compound – made Real

May 15th, 2016

This is the outcome of the previous post. 

Laser cut roof kernel, 12:12 and 9:12 regular plan. 1/2 scale (the notches that hold it together were 1″ long before I shrunk it down). 1/8″ thick veneered walnut, cherry and maple. 


I need to make a valley next. And maybe one out of clear acrylic with the development lines engraved on the faces… this takes me back to my Heartwood Compound Joinery / Roof class. 



Compound

April 29th, 2016

Refreshed my memory on how to develop a compound roof kernel ‘old school’. Instead of a framing square, compass and paper I made use SketchUp – but not in my usual way for working out complex roof framing. To generate this drawing I projected out all the faces of the roof, then rotated the components into 3d to create the roof kernel.
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The kernel pictured is 12:12 and 9:12 hip, regular plan.

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The next step is to laser cut templates that can be folded / unfolded when explaining how a compound roof comes together.

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Gravity

April 18th, 2016

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Gold leaf plumb bob given to me as a gift from Andrew Ginzel and Kristin Jones whom I worked for as a studio assistant in NYC in ~1998-99 when I attended the New York Studio Program and transitioned from my BFA program in Sculpture to graduate school. I found this recently after remembering those early, formative years, and have put this on my desk as a reminder to stay grounded in my work.

2016 Teaching Schedule

April 11th, 2016

Upcoming SketchUp Classes and Presentations:

Introduction to SketchUp
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
May 26-28, 2016
*This class is full!

The three-day Heartwood hands-on workshop will cover the basics of the software and work toward completing a small timber frame design from rough sketch to client presentation. The class is a great chance for new users to learn the software in the context of a finished project or for experienced 3D and CAD designers to learn and expand their skills with a free and incredibly powerful modeling and presentation tool.

Timber Framing and SketchUp
SketchUp Basecamp
Steamboat Springs, CO
June 13-16, 2016

SketchUp is an ideal platform for designing heavy timber structures (and buildings). Join experienced timber frame designer Mike Beganyi to learn how SketchUp and LayOut are used from initial client contact and sales proposals, all the way to shop drawings and construction documents. You’ll walk away understanding how to quickly model concepts for clients, generate take-offs of timber components for estimates, get into the nitty gritty details for permits, and take your framing design through the engineering process and develop shop drawings for consumption by a design/build or timber frame company.

Advanced SketchUp and LayOut
Heartwood School
Washington, MA
September 2-3, 2016

LayOut is a powerful addition to SketchUp Pro and makes the basic program into a dynamioc prsentation tool. It can act as a simple graphic design program or as a complex window into your SketchUp models. Treating the LayOut page as a sheet of trace paper, we can peer into multiple models, zoom in on joinery details, and add dimensions, notes and graphical; data to move from our 3D model to presentation, permit and final shop drawings.

SketchUp and LayOut
Central Connecticut
Dates and Location TBD
Private class with a few limited openings for intermediate / experienced SketchUp users.
Inquire via phone or email.

Intermediate class focusing on advanced SketchUp modeling and using LayOut for architectural concept presentation. The class is in the planning stages at a private company, and will have a few (limited!) seats available for skilled individuals to attend.

Private Consulting and Training
Ongoing, on site or via screen share
Inquire via phone or email.

Private consulting and instruction for individuals and groups is offered via on site presentations and instruction as well as via screen share and conference calling.

Heartwood Snapshots

May 10th, 2015

We had a great class at Heartwood for my spring ‘Introduction to SketchUp’. 12 students fill all the available seats and we covered a wide range of skills ranging from accurate modeling techniques, presentation, and compound timber joinery.

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I took 3 courses here in 1999-2000 or so. That reinforced a love of building and design and set me on a path that I’ve been wandering and refining since.

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I’ve been teaching here for about 6 years now. It’s a magical place that I truly love returning to every year.

SketchUp @ Heartwood 2015

March 1st, 2015

I’ll be teaching two classes at Heartwood this year. The spring introduction class has a few seats left, and the fall advanced class focusing on LayOut is just now starting to see applicants. The introductory class focuses on timber frame design – but everything we do is skill building and applicable to other uses – furniture, architecture, etc. We also tune the class and the speed at which we progress through the software based on the skills of everyone who takes the course.

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Some more information on the class is available here, registration and information on all the other course offered at Heartwood is here.

If you’ve ever wanted to model a frame, furniture, or get a handle on how to get started with architectural modeling – this is a great class. We focus on core modeling skills you so have a solid foundation to progress, and we share tips and techniques as we go, adding tools that most building designers can make use of in their day to day work.

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Here’s my previous post about the class, with some video links.

TFG Community Building Project

May 23rd, 2014

I had the honor of working on the initial design of a large Timber Framers Guild community building project in Pemberton, BC. Follow along on the TFG’s project blog, check out some wonderful images by a local photographer, and give the original design a spin in your browser.

After the project was vetted to meet TFG standards for a community building project, and the Village of Pemberton secured fundraising and a grant, my initial design was handed off to the Village of Pemberton and ISL Engineering. Robin @ ISL (and a TFG member) did the heavy lifting crunching the numbers and getting the structure to work with a high snow load and the potential for seismic events. Tension and bracing steel was added in key locations, and the 44′ trusses I envisioned took on a unique solution to developing bearing surfaces capable of handling the roof loading.

Upon releasing the design to the the site team, the need for some very long, and very large beams changed from a challenge to an opportunity. To make a challenging project more interesting, the site team chose to build the 4) 44′ Pratt trusses with some incredible logs, opening the door for some wonderful layout and log work instruction to be folded into an already ambitious project.

As I see the structure rise up against those incredible mountains I feel nothing but awe and respect for everyone involved who took a leap and contributed to an ambitious pot of stone soup. Many hands truly do make light work, and communities that take a leap believing in service, craft, design, and hard work can better their world – and ours.