After the rafters were raised and secured last Saturday, we moved on to attaching the purlins. These are the radial pieces between the rafters that will hold up the roofing material. In our case, these are fashioned from alder branches or saplings, with the bark left on, nailed to the rafters with about a 4-inch spaced between them so that there is room for the purlins on the adjacent sides to attach. It was great to have a “ground crew” of people to hand up purlins of the ...
Well, the long-awaited barn raising day finally arrived this past Saturday, and my family in the area arrived to help. Wrestling eight 14-foot rafters was definitely a portion of the barn build that I could not accomplish alone. Of course, like any good barn raising, the family brought food, we grilled out, and we made a day of it. The first order of business was to explain to my “crew” what we would be doing. The barn’s roof is supported by reciprocal frame rafters, a te...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) View the original article here. In the above video you’ll see the amazing 17th Century English timber frame farmhouse that I visited recently. I was absolutely taken back by this immaculately reconstructed farmhouse and it’s gorgeous reproduction furniture from the 1600′s. So, of course, I had to share it with y’all! The farm was moved from England to the Frontier Culture Museum in historical Staunton, Virginia (thank yo...
After my recent Little Good Pieces post, “Scrub Plane on the Cheap”, I received a comment by Swirt from Timber Frame Tools. It had some great info, and I’d like to repost a portion of it here for those that don’t read my blog or its comments: “Good article Robert. I’ve been using a No5 as a scrub for a long time and it works well. To get the most out of any given scrub, the amount of curve can be optimized without too much trouble. The recommendation of 3″ r...
Warriors of Wood ….i have travailed the road that others could not see,and while on this road i carried pictures inside my head,where none could side-track me from my dreams of wood,just as wood and i have learned to deal with our times of age…. ….still working wood just as the wood works me in style,my character has many times been planed by the hand of wood,till even now there is the gnawing pain that pushes me faster,much to do as still counting the opportunities of project...
Old Barns Have a Life of Their Own ….illuminated,barn spirits await their turn,I pause to reflect…. ….old barn gathers new,new wood mixes with old wood,boards dry across bay…. ….boards soak to full-fill,character be-comes milieu,new think tanks of wood…. ….this one calls my name,maple crown turned up-side down,dreaming what can be….—-by flp —————————————&...
Twinings of WoodArt ….intertwined we gather,dusk suspends time and i sit,wood spirits apprize…. ….i came for a dance,what is the meaning of this,time and wood makes years…. ….wood be-comes fleshed out,my priorities give way,what was can now be…. ….i am stilled in space,wood–working life liners speak,hands listen to start…. ….grace-full is beauty,i see the passion of end,creation is art….—-by flp——————...
The Meaning of Patience ….sev-en-teen eight-y,two thou-sand nine english barn,my life-time seems small…. ….board and batten side,old and new bring character,patience works in me….—-by flp ———————————————————————————————————————&...
Cabin Renovation and Progress ....and so I continue on today with some shots of an outside//inside wood project, that has been eating up some of my time. Time delays….running with the after-effects of projected numbers on sheets of paper, that can never catch up to the reality of why is this not done….yet! I am not interested in excuses for delay;I am interested only in a thing done.—-Jawaharial Hehru So put some warm clothes on….hope you remembered to brin...
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