Lots of scribing and cutting going on in the shop for the Mountain Top Arboretum project.
Custom sawing and scribing of some funky timbers.
We've been working on a large timber frame gambrel barn, cut entirely in white oak timbers. Design by Uncarved Block and engineering by Fire Tower. We'll keep adding pictures, and it will be going up soon.
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.
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.
Lots of outdoor work lately. We've completed the deck and porch framing and finish. We framed the deck with galvanized steel joists, which are strong, fast (they're pre-cut), straight, and won't warp like large section PT lumber. The decking will be thermally modified ash from western Mass. The porch and deck roof is painted tongue and groove 2x6 over native cherry rafters. The hips over the deck are irregular (meaning that they are not 45 degrees in plan view), so the jack cuts are different on each side.
Lots of activity on the job. Framing is complete. The interior air barrier (Intello) and service cavity are complete. The entire house is off of the electric grid, so we're running all of our tools off of PV. Dense-pack cellulose in the 12" double stud walls and 18" cathedral ceilings is complete. And windows and doors are in. While the sheetrock is being done, we'll be outside starting the south porch and west deck.
Chopping the tenon reduction by hand.
Here's a little geometrically-designed timber framed gazebo that I designed.
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.
We designed an built a small English-style timber frame porch for a house that we built several years ago. The porch is all white oak, black locust, and copper, which will all naturally rot resistant and will be left to weather. More pictures coming as we wrap things up.
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.