Archive for April, 2016


Friday, 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.



Monday, 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.

2016 Teaching Schedule

Monday, 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.