Archive for the ‘TFG’ Category

Timber Framers Guild Community Building Project

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

I have been working as the designer on a new project for the Timber Framers Guild. More information on the TFG website.

TFG-Canalway
by Mike
on Sketchfab

Compound – made Real

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

This is the outcome of the previous post. 

Laser cut roof kernel, 12:12 and 9:12 regular plan. 1/2 scale (the notches that hold it together were 1″ long before I shrunk it down). 1/8″ thick veneered walnut, cherry and maple. 


I need to make a valley next. And maybe one out of clear acrylic with the development lines engraved on the faces… this takes me back to my Heartwood Compound Joinery / Roof class. 



TFG Community Building Project

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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.

Timber Framers Guild Board of Directors

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I am once again running for a position on the Timber Framers Guild Board of Directors. You can vote and read all of the candidate statements here (you’ll need to be a member and have your password handy).

You can read my statement by clicking the image below.