Archive for July, 2011


Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Shelburne Farms

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

I’m always in awe of the buildings and the landscape at Shelburne Farms. I’ve toured the children’s barn, seen maker’s marks on the timbers, and watched the gravity powered clock tick away while gazing at Camel’s Hump. I always come away humbled.

As an engineer friend recently commented via email about the craftsman of history ‘who were those guys…?’

Chester, NH Covered Bridge

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

A few snaps of recent shop drawings for the Timber Framers Guild (TFG) covered bridge project in Chester, NH. Design and Engineering by Fire Tower Engineered Timber, production drawings, modeling, and detailing by Mike Beganyi. Project sponsored and organized by the TFG.

I brought the engineering team’s 3d solids model into SketchUp, cleaned up the geometry, and working from notes and sketches modeled the joinery and steel connections. Using LayOut I created the 2d shop drawings, adding text, notes, and dimensions. Depending on schedule, I hope to make the drive over to see the final days of assembly and installation.