|Project by Nate Meadows||posted 05-25-2012 04:17 PM||2546 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
The first picture is actually from the 90s. I was around 13 so it has to be 94ish. This actually my parents house but I do some of the finish work for my father. The Key is made from Arizona Ironwood that my Grandfather collected himself back in the 1970s. I made the key a little small because the humidity was really high (my father insists on using a swamp cooler…in a timber frame house…so they move allot!:) ...the timbers that is). I beveled the ends to mimic the downward point of the hammerbeam.
Ironwood is truly beautiful, however it smells terrible when you cut, sand or turn it. This is because it naturally locks in its own oils and when you sand it or cut it you release those oils. The pieces I have are from a tree that was almost 1000 years old…crazy huh! My grandpa was a carver.
The last picture shows how my father raised the timber frames, or bents, into position! My father drew the plans, then milled all the trees off his own property then did most of the work on the framing( his sons helped:) ). He did it all while practicing medicine. It has taken him 20 years and the house is still not completely done, but it is sweet. He is an incredible man.
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate