Early December Morning

Berkshire Custom Kitchen 1

Working through the winter introduces all kinds of difficulties, but every once in a while, it’s not so bad shoveling snow.

This is a small vestibule and kitchen bump out for one of the nicest homes that I’ve ever been in. The house is not fancy, filled with expensive finishes, or terribly ‘high-design.’ It’s just a collection of amazing spaces. It’s a real privilege to work here.

Berkshire Log Cabin Remodel

A fairly drastic before and after of the same room.  We changed the whole building envelope, installed new timber trusses, a gut remodel, and a timber frame gable end with direct glazing.  

A little cruck frame from many years ago

I designed this little cruck timber frame many years ago, as an exercise for the Heartwood School apprentices in scribing.  I literally pulled the cherry and pine logs out of the firewood pile.  Heartwood and UB raised the frame at several fairs and trade shows, and we always stood out from the crowd.

New Hybrid timber frame/double stud wall 2

Lots of progress on the hybrid timber frame we've been working on it Becket.  In one quick week, we put the timber frame up, the floor panels from Bensonwood, the second floor wall, and the roof purlins. You can see some of the big 7x18 gluelams that spread the roof load to the outer walls. 

Second Video featuring Uncarved Block

Here's the second new video featuring Brad Morse of Uncarved Block.  Brad cuts a traditional pegged mortise and tenon joint, using more common carpentry tools.  At Uncarved Block, we use a number of very specialized timber framing tools that aren't shown in this video to make the process even more efficient and accurate.

New hybrid timber frame/double stud wall home

We've been working for the last year getting this project ready, and we're finally out framing.  It is an architect-designed shingle-style home right in town.  We helped specify many timber frame and high performance details.  There's also a LOT of beautiful red oak logs being milled into timbers, flooring, and trim.  We'll be posting more photos as we build this great project.

Architect's additions

A series of additions to a cabin in the woods.  See here for finished photos.