Thursday, 26 May 2011

Workshop assembly

Generally we don't fully assemble and erect our green oak timber frames in the workshop, and the first time they're put together is on site, and there they stay! However in a few instances it's handy, to precisely scribe in hips and hip purlins as above, or to calculate and plan glazing installation as below. Tomorrow is raising day for the wall frame below...and it looks like it should stay dry :) Unlike the coming weekend when I'm doing a charity bike ride from Bude to Land's End...130 miles into headwinds and rain :( Typical!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Uncovering patterns of beauty and bewilderment...?!

Working with green oak on a daily basis is immensely enjoyable...indeed the temptation when talking about the pleasures of timber framing is to slip into a sea of cliches and overused phrases. I'm not going to bother to try to say what's already been said, those who know will already know, and anyway, the pictures do the talking. Suffice to say everyone in the workshop comes to look when patterns like these come to the surface.

How about those medullary rays in this air-dried brace? Not half as pleasing as they are in real life.