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SketchUp at Heartwood 2013

Wednesday, 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):

Timber Framers Guild Eastern Conference 2012

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I’ll be teaching 2 sessions at the Timber Framers Guild Eastern Conference 2012 at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. My full day workshop will focus on accurate modeling and advanced SketchUp techniques. Skills honed will be applicable to not only timber frame buildings – but furniture design and small building design. I follow up with a 90 minute session (demo and Q&A) introducing SketchUp + LayOut as a powerful presentation and CAD alternative.

As the conference wraps up I’ll be co-chairing a walk in design / plan review with Andrea Warchaizer from Springpoint Design. We will be working with digital files, paper, trace, sketches, and if the technology cooperates, putting the process up on the big screen as we charette.

There are quite a few good sessions this year, and I’m looking forward to connecting with friends and colleagues. For full program notes and to register, head on over the the TFG’s website.

A Mention

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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.

SketchUp + LayOut

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I posted a new video today that shares an overview of how I use SketchUp + LayOut to create construction documents. Click the link below (having trouble embedding YouTube and Vimeo at the moment).

SkethUp + LayOut Overview

I also have a few other quick tip videos posted:
Paste in Place
Creating a Shell Group to define a project’s geometry and limits.
Intersecting Roofs

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.

SketchUp @ Heartwood 2011

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

I’ll be teaching two SketchUp sessions this year at the Heartwood School.

SketchUp for Timberframers (and designers) is scheduled for June 2-4.
Advanced SketchUp for Complex Timber Roofs is scheduled for September 6-7.

My trips to the Berkshires have become a cherished yearly event – returning to the roots of my timber frame education – while spending time with old friends, making new ones, and sharing and teaching about the craft I love.

Construction Details

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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.

Heartwood 2010

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Another great SketchUp session at the Heartwood School. Add in a single speed mountain bike ride, catching up with an old friend who took the course, dinner with my hosts, and a group outing to the Dream Away… just a perfect way to spend a few days in the Berkshires.

SketchUp + Layout

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

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Taking a project from concept to presentation using SketchUp and LayOut. After some stumbles, some test plots and some thought about work flow – I have to say I’m happy with the results. These float somewhere between traditional CAD drawings and hand work – and I love being able to add some color and 3D elements to otherwise lifeless building section details. I published these to a PDF set of drawings and tuned the textures, line weights, and fonts to work as color or black and white prints. Full size is 24×36 – and these are JPGs from PDFs.

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TFG Eastern Conference

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Virtual joinery, shop drawings, and the core of using SketchUp for timber frame design.

Virtual joinery, shop drawings, and the core of using SketchUp for timber frame design.

I’ll be teaching a SketchUp preconference workshop at the Timber Framer’s Guild Eastern Conference. I’m stepping in for Clark Bremer who had some last minute plan changes and will not be able to make the trip. The course is filling fast – sign up with the TFG – I hope to see you in Saratoga!