Job site snapshots, Fall, Stowe, VT
Archive for the ‘Timber Frame Design’ Category
We had a great class at Heartwood for my spring ‘Introduction to SketchUp’. 12 students fill all the available seats and we covered a wide range of skills ranging from accurate modeling techniques, presentation, and compound timber joinery.
I took 3 courses here in 1999-2000 or so. That reinforced a love of building and design and set me on a path that I’ve been wandering and refining since.
I’ve been teaching here for about 6 years now. It’s a magical place that I truly love returning to every year.
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.
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.
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.
Some recent (and not so recent) detail shots from a few job sites I visited this spring. Lovely work by some architects and builders I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Its quite nice to be involved in projects with so much attention to detail and real materials, even if my part is quite small.
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).