Sunday, 4 September 2011

Summer Projects completed

This big larch barn is still jointed with pegged mortice and tenon joinery but is otherwise very different from the typical green oak buildings we usually make here in Cornwall. The client wanted a large, light and spacious structure, and proposed to stiffen and strengthen our lightweight frame with internal stud-work. I've recently revisited it to hang 4 doors that I made for him, and the end result is really pleasing. You don't often get a chance to frame with hammerbeam trusses, and this was an unusual but worthy application for them.

The late summer project was a more conventional oak conservatory. Designed and drawn by Matt Robinson, it features these seldom seen down-turned braces, which add a nice detail. A small and straightforward project, and an easier raising than the large larch barn of earlier in the summer. Lets hope it stays dry for Ian and the second fit team to roof and glaze.

A friend was renovating his house up past Truro last winter...he was keen to have a green oak frame to build the kitchen in, but the budget wouldn't allow it. Instead he decided on some bespoke oak stairs which I managed to do at a competitive price, with some nice English oak boards I knew that needed a home. I don't have the workshop set up to make stairs on a regular basis, but every now and then it's fun to divert from working with big green oak beams and do something a little finer and lighter. The photos don't really do them justice, but I was really pleased with how they turned out.

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