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).
Archive for the ‘Teaching’ Category
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).
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.
I’ll be teaching two SketchUp sessions this year at the Heartwood School.
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.
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.
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.
Returned from teaching an intense two day introduction to SketchUp workshop in Tamworth, New Hampshire. We had a small class and focused on using the software for timber frame design (but the techniques can be applied to furniture design, woodworking, and other general construction tasks). The group had a wide range of skills – so we started with the absolute basics and worked our way into compound roof design, shop drawings, and even took a quick look at exporting materials lists for estimating and job site coordination. In the right hands and with a bit of creativity SketchUp can be a powerful presentation, fabrication, and estimating tool for designers and builders. Special thanks to Jon and family for putting us up in a wonderful rustic farmhouse with an amazing view of the White Mountains.