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.
Upcoming SketchUp Classes and Presentations:
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.
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.
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
Dates and Location TBD
Private class with a few limited openings for intermediate / experienced SketchUp users.
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):