Timberframe Trail shelter for Deep Gap, GA on the Appalacian Trail

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Project by flyfisherbob2000 posted 03-23-2010 06:33 AM 2712 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This white pine timberframe was one of 3 I designed & helped teach workshops on timberframing. This was late spring of 1993. Thats me & my son, who is now 17 at the dedication of the frame before it was airlifted onto the AT by Army helicopter

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 07:48 AM

Very impressive structure. Any more photos of it available? It would be interesting to see in it’s current day location. Deep Gap sounds Deep South. I’ve been to Macon and southern parts of there abouts.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 10:10 AM

mmh the trail is in north ga Fly thats some hard work looks nice


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#3 posted 03-23-2010 12:38 PM

This was one of three timberframe shelters I was involved with when I was with Upper Loft Design. We did a cooperative workshop with the Forest Service, and taught timberframing techniques to students as we built the shelters. Two were air lifted in, one assembled first, the other lifted in as a bundle and assembled on site. The first shelter was at Plum Orchard, it was close enough that we could haul the timbers in with a Kawasaki Mule. What was great about the first (other than that it was the only shelter I could get to because of a bad knee injury) was that we (the workshop students & instructors) came in and brought the frame components, and then it seemed at a determined moment, AT volunteers just started walking out of the woods to help assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 12:39 PM

Deep Gap is from my old stomping grounds. I am orginally form Blairsville, GA
Great job.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 05:15 PM

That is a really nice idea to teach people that art and to povide shelter for these long distance hikers.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 03-24-2010 05:04 AM

That is something I really want to try; timberframing. Looks great and looks like waaaaay too much fun.

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 07:09 AM

bookworm, sometimes its like furniture making on steroids! The more accurate you can be with the joinery, the better the fit. And there is a good mix of how much you can do either just by hand, or with a mix of power tools.

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#8 posted 03-25-2010 03:44 PM

Hey Bob, glad to see you made it on this site. I know you will bring a lot of wisedome to the site, and I think you be able to learn some new thongs also. It was so great to get to talk to you this passed week end. I loved the tour of your shop, and thanks for the bowl blanks. talk to you soon. david

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