Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

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. 

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.


Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I have deleted my account on Facebook.
Please contact me using ‘traditional’ electronic means.
Folks who know me, know where and how to find me.

Note that it wasn’t you – it was the service, the framework, the ever changing rules of the game on what is private, and what is not. And something just not quite right about the profitization of people’s lives, with little control by the people involved.

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.

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.

New Hardware

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I’ve been migrating my software from the old machine to the new… a dreadful task. Two days of head scratching with a timber app and we’ve finally sourced the problem – and hours of waiting for my backup drive to copy then to paste. The new machine is blazing fast compared to the old. SketchUp was starting to bog down with complex models, and the recent version of AutoCAD was nearly unusable.

Dell M6400 with Dual Core CPU and Quadro FX Graphics

Dell M6400 with Dual Core CPU and Quadro FX Graphics