|Project by johnintegrity||posted 08-06-2011 05:10 PM||2314 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This is one of the first timber- frames I cut . I was asked by a local builder to cut a frame from timber cut on site it was all built with fresh white pine. This was wood so fresh that it squirted you in the face. The timber frame was only on the first floor with multiple timbers joining into 1 post all at the same height . It made for a fairly difficult design. I had to base the design on the reality that there would be signifigant shrinkage in the frame after it was built. I looked at books on Japanese joinery methods and came up with a great design. The frame came out great . I was then hired to work on the rest of the building and finish it out. The rest of the lumber including flooring trim and cabinetry were all made from wood cut on site . I was recently contacted by the new owner to design 2 additions to the building. We are currently in the design phase. This home was the subject of an article in Fine Homebuilding.. Wow was I surprised when the builder took credit for designing and cutting the frame himself . there was even a picture of him cutting a mortise . I found it fascinating considering he had nothing to do with the frame. I guess it is the equivalent of a furniture gallery owner standing beside a piece he is selling [ A piece handcrafted by someone else] and then claiming he is the craftsman. All right I will stop the rant .
-- John, MA http://www.integrity1.smugmug.com