SketchUp @ Heartwood 2016

November 4th, 2016

I taught a double header at Heartwood this year – my ‘Intro’ and ‘Pro’ classes, back to back.


We clicked mice, learned shortcuts, leveled up our SketchUp and Layout skills, and tossed axes during our breaks.

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I snuck in a mountain bike ride, startled some moose, camped out in my tent and experienced the full range of New England seasonal weather change over.




Snapshots from Stowe

November 1st, 2016

Job site snapshots, Fall, Stowe, VT

Camel’s Hump Sunrise Time Lapse

November 1st, 2016

CamelsHumpSunrise from Mike Beganyi on Vimeo.

SketchUp Basecamp 2016 Presentation

July 25th, 2016

My presentation from SketchUp Basecamp 2016 was recorded. This was a 90 minute presentation to give an overview of my process for using SketchUp + Layout for timber frame and small building design.

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.

by Mike
on Sketchfab


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. 


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.

The kernel pictured is 12:12 and 9:12 hip, regular plan.


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



April 18th, 2016


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.