I am trained primarily as a designer and problem solver and I have built my career and portfolio focusing on timber frame and small building design. Recently though I have been challenged by some great clients to let go of what I consider ‘typical’ work. In the first few months of 2017 I have been challenged by product design, web UI mock ups, and even general business consulting – all while continuing to refine my timber frame and architectural design work.

Through this growth I have found myself morphing a bit into a much more focused version of that kid I was in art school – flowing between the worlds of design and art, of form and function, theory and reality. In that spirit I think it is time to refresh this site to reflect those changes… in myself and in my work.

While this poor excuse of a website undergoes a makeover – please do reach out if I can help you with residential and commercial building design featuring timber and wood as a primary design element, detailed timber frame shop drawings and shop consultation, product design and consultation, user experience and design questioning consultation, and SketchUp training and consultation.

TFG Community Building Project

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.

A Mention

I read and post to the SketchUcation Forums on a pretty regular basis, asking and answering questions, and posting samples of my work. Recently the kind folks at the Daily CatchUp featured a project I’ve been working on. You can see the post here, and I’ve included some more images below.

I was tasked with the initial modeling and presentation drawings by Fire Tower Engineered Timber, and I’ve recently finished up connection and joinery details.

The project is a working barn. And it is round. ~80′ diameter, working hay loft. Ramps, round tapered posts, traditional mortise and tenon joinery with some custom steel connections. Angled out of plane struts. Conical chevron bracing (a trip to model), and a multi pitched roof. A challenge, and an honor to be able to work on such a project. The entire project was created in SketchUp, then noted and detailed using LayOut, a presentation / page layout program bundled with SketchUp Pro.

Chester, NH Covered Bridge

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.

Poland Reconstruction

The fine folks over at the Timber Framers Guild honored me with a request to prepare a set of shop drawings for a reconstruction project in Poland. Follow along here, on the project blog, and even in the New York Times.

I worked with the engineering team, taking the raw design model and modeling all the typical joinery in SketchUp. From there I detailed and noted in LayOut, then output to PDF. We had 2 sets of drawings – imperial units for the primarily US based lead team, and metric units, for the powers that be in Poland.

Construction Details

New project taken from start to finish in SketchUp and LayOut. Construction details were a pleasure to model and annotate – and I’ve gotten comments that this has been an easy (and simple) set of drawings to work with and understand. I had the pleasure of working with the esteemed Fire Tower Engineered Timber on this project.

A Table Collaboration

Live edge walnut and ash meeting table.
Live edge walnut and ash meeting table.

This table has the mark of two designers and craftsmen on it, and the third makes his mark on it showing his wares and meeting his clients over it. I designed and began the crafting of this table for good friend Tim to use as a small conference and meeting table at his studio. Like most work I take on for family and friends I was completely over committed – but instead of having Tim wait the better part of a year (as he did on his hand joined sycamore and walnut jeweler’s bench) – I collaborated with Chris Harvan to get the project completed. I designed the rough table form in SketchUp then sourced the live edge walnut. While I was working the walnut and making use of an antique 18″ wide jointer, Chris took my design file and tweaked it a bit to include some joinery he wanted to cut and added a repeat of the walnut into the legs. Upon rough joining the table top I handed off the walnut with basic instructions on how I wanted the reversed wane edges to transition to one another, and Chris took over.

The live edges of the top are reversed from one side to the other.
The live edges of the top are reversed from one side to the other.