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.
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.
I’ve been teaching here for about 6 years now. It’s a magical place that I truly love returning to every year.
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.
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.
Here’s my previous post about the class, with some video links.
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.
March 13th, 2014
Modeling the slate layup for the round barn project… 3 different pitches, 4 random slate sizes. Good fun.
May 16th, 2013
Some recent work that is on the screen.
A barn for a cider maker in Oregon:
A concept sketch for an open air market hall:
A timber frame porch for a good friend:
May 16th, 2013
Architect: Jeffrey Yates Architecture
Timber Frame: New Energy Works
Timber Frame Design: Mike Beganyi
February 11th, 2013
Dad, you will be missed.
You taught me about tools.
You taught me about building and fixing things.
You taught me about working hard.
You showed me how to be a good man.
You showed me how to be a respectful partner.
You always put mom and us kids first.
You created such an amazing life for us.
You were a patient, playful grandpa.
You seemed to really be enjoying retirement.
You were so young.
I love you.
January 23rd, 2013
I’ll be teaching SketchUp at the Heartwood School again this year. The course runs from May 30 to June 1, and is designed as an introduction to SketchUp for timber framers, designers, and woodworkers. All of the skills we build in the class are applicable to other uses – from furniture to whole house design to timber frame shop drawing production.
As a teaser, I’ve embedded some of my YouTube videos here. We’ll cover all this and more in the class.
A quick overview of how I create a ‘wireframe’ shell that I use to build accurate models:
A quick overview of colliding masses so you can create a shell that will help accurately model buildings with compound roof systems:
Using Paste In Place – this is a handy way to use existing geometry to simplify creation of additional detail within your model. I routinely use this on timber joinery – but it is applicable for compound roof systems, stair design, furniture, etc. And it works from one drawing to the next – so you can clip out a feature in an older model, and drop it into your new drawing in exactly the same place.
And, when you start to put the pieces together, and move to the Pro version, you can use LayOut to create detailed construction documents (this will be beyond the scope of this class, but I will show examples of how these things fit together):
December 14th, 2012
Test post using Sketchfab to embed models.
New Energy Works project, working with Soderholm Custom Builders and D. Michael Collins Architects.
September 11th, 2012
I am once again running for a position on the Timber Framers Guild Board of Directors. You can vote and read all of the candidate statements here (you’ll need to be a member and have your password handy).
You can read my statement by clicking the image below.