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.

Mountain Top Arboretum Education Center 4

Lots of scribing and cutting going on in the shop for the Mountain Top Arboretum project.  

Mountain Top Arboretum Education Center 2

Brad was out in the woods with the loggers, hand-selecting the trees.  They pulled out some amazing curved and forked logs.  We'll be custom sawing them next.  

Mountain Top Arboretum Education Center 1

We're very excited that Uncarved Block was awarded the timber framing contract for the new Mountain Top Arboretrum Education Center in the Catskills of NY.  Architecture is by Jack Sobon, and shows his characteristic funky curvy framing.  The whole frame will be scribed.  All 23 species present in the Arboretum will be used in this timber frame.  

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.

Menck Windows Grand Opening

I just attended the grand opening of Menck Window, the first and only European manufacturer of tilt turn windows in the US.  Fortunately, they're just an hour away from us, and we hope to use them on some of our upcoming projects.  I loved this cross-section of their direct glazing system (which can also be capped with wood).  I can't wait to use this amazing system to direct glaze over a timber frame.