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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.

Old Stone Barn

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

I had the honor of producing a set of working drawings for the Timber Framer’s Guild Old Stone Museum Barn Workshop. The project was picked up by WCAX, and my drawings managed to sneak into a scene. You can view the clip here (sit through the commercial for the timber frame content).

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

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.

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.

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!

SketchUp for Timber Framers and Designers

Monday, May 11th, 2009
SketchUp for Timber Framers and Designers 2008 class photo.

SketchUp for Timber Framers and Designers 2008 class photo.

There are still a few seats remaining for the SketchUp for Timber Framers and Designers at Heartwood May 25-27, 2009. Contact Will (will (at) heartwoodschool (dot) com for more details, or visit the Heartwood website.

Traditional joinery and shop drawings...

Traditional joinery and shop drawings...

...and tricks and tips for modeling compound joinery.

...and tricks and tips for modeling compound joinery.

Egg Drop

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Rifling through my various portfolios I found slides of work completed by some of my students way back in 1999. I had the pleasure (and challenge) of getting a last minute assignment to teach foundation level design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. I was simultaneously trying to breathe new life into the foundation level wood shop – so I had my hands full as I took time off from graduate school. A mid semester project was to create a device to lower an egg two stories safely to the ground. Typically a high school physics problem – we explored this as conceptual art meets design problem. I placed a heavy focus on ‘craft’ and hands on skill building in my course – be it a student taking on complicated wood and metal working or learning techniques for staging and coordinating their own documentary photography. Concept played a key role in all of the projects – and craft followed as students learned to make their vision a physical reality. Below are a few of my favorites.

Dynamic Timber Components

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I made a quick YouTube screen capture of some dynamic timber components I’ve been working on. SketchUp Pro V7 adds new functionality to create parametric components – in this case timbers and joinery that can change size from an option menu as opposed to editing the geometry. Displayed in the video are: dynamic gable shell creator, dynamic posts and timbers, a dynamic rafter, and examples of dynamic joinery. I’ve detailed two small frames using a combination of the dynamic components and Clark Bremer’s TF Rubies. The components need a bit of work – but in all they are a great first step to creating a parametric based timber modeling package.