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):
December 14th, 2012
Test post using Sketchfab to embed models.
New Energy Works project, working with Soderholm Custom Builders and D. Michael Collins Architects.
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.
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.
August 2nd, 2012
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.
July 11th, 2012
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.
July 11th, 2012
A garage in Lake George, NY, nearing final engineering. Detailed production drawings for a couple of pavilions. And a proposal for a small outdoor shelter.
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).
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.
April 16th, 2012
I’ve had more than a few inquiries regarding our sandbox. Here is an updated image, 2 years on, with a detail sketch of how it is built.
I used cedar fence posts from a local big box home store. I cut these into lengths from 24″ to 32″. I dug a 5-6″ wide trench 8′ in diameter and slid in the posts – varying the height as I went around the circle. Before filling I tamped the posts (which have a variable width) tight, and added a layer of landscape fabric.
I cannot take credit for the design – a family member did this in their yard with firewood, and he borrowed the idea form a local school.
Note that our soil is very sandy, and drains quickly. If I lived where water would collect around the posts I would likely line the bottom of the trench with crushed stone or sand.