Timber Frame Workshop: Raising Day

Day 9 was pure magic. 

The crane arrived at 10:30 AM, and the final piece was lifted in to place shortly before 5 PM. Friends and family joined to watch the raising. The sense of pride, accomplishment, community, and teamwork as we watched the final piece get fitted in to place is impossible to describe.  

Prepping for the crane

Prepping for the crane

Team safety huddle before the crane action begins

Team safety huddle before the crane action begins

James and Katie watch as the first bent is lifted into place

James and Katie watch as the first bent is lifted into place

Getting the placement just right

Getting the placement just right

James and Pat get the post into place

James and Pat get the post into place

Al shows off his raising day attire

Al shows off his raising day attire

Second bent gets lifted into position

Second bent gets lifted into position

Paula & Storm make sure everything is aligned 

Paula & Storm make sure everything is aligned 

It's starting to take shape

It's starting to take shape

Storm & Dan place some temporary supports

Storm & Dan place some temporary supports

The crane hoists a wall piece

The crane hoists a wall piece

Katie, Bill, and Dave fit in a wall piece into place

Katie, Bill, and Dave fit in a wall piece into place

Looking better and better

Looking better and better

Time for some scaffolding

Time for some scaffolding

Bob takes a break with his sippy cup

Bob takes a break with his sippy cup

Time to get a little higher

Time to get a little higher

Half of the scarf joint gets lifted in to place

Half of the scarf joint gets lifted in to place

Passing up a brace piece

Passing up a brace piece

No shoes, no shirt, no problem

No shoes, no shirt, no problem

Third bent gets raised

Third bent gets raised

James helps out with some last minute adjustments

James helps out with some last minute adjustments

Now that's a beautiful piece of wood

Now that's a beautiful piece of wood

Ready for the final piece

Ready for the final piece

Fitting the time capsules into place

Fitting the time capsules into place

There she goes

There she goes

Scarf joint comes together 

Scarf joint comes together 

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

She's a beauty

She's a beauty

The team

The team

Timber Frame Workshop: Days 6, 7 & 8

Day 6

Day 6 started off strong, but work was cut short when a storm rolled in.

Kerri and Katie, hard at work as usual

Kerri and Katie, hard at work as usual

Paula begins oiling 

Paula begins oiling 

Moving pieces this size requires strategy and lots of teamwork

Moving pieces this size requires strategy and lots of teamwork

More oiling

More oiling

Everyone hurries to batten down the hatches as the storm rolls in ...

Everyone hurries to batten down the hatches as the storm rolls in ...

... except for Katie, who rescues an abandoned piece of banana bread. 

... except for Katie, who rescues an abandoned piece of banana bread. 

The crew takes advantage of the bad weather to venture out for dinner in Shepherdstown 

The crew takes advantage of the bad weather to venture out for dinner in Shepherdstown 

Day 7

Day 7 found the crew a bit behind schedule, but the power of Australian Timber Oil fumes helped everyone power through.

Kerri perfects her technique 

Kerri perfects her technique 

Katie oils brace pieces 

Katie oils brace pieces 

Power sanding to prep for oiling 

Power sanding to prep for oiling 

Paul joins the effort and helps Dave with some sanding 

Paul joins the effort and helps Dave with some sanding 

Dan, Katie, and Storm work together to reposition a post

Dan, Katie, and Storm work together to reposition a post

Bob enjoys his afternoon goblet of iced coffee

Bob enjoys his afternoon goblet of iced coffee

Our fearless leaders

Our fearless leaders

Al works to fit one of his organic pieces

Al works to fit one of his organic pieces

Bodger, official workshop guard dog

Bodger, official workshop guard dog

The ladies demonstrate what 7 hours of Australian Timber Oil inhalation will do to you

The ladies demonstrate what 7 hours of Australian Timber Oil inhalation will do to you

Day 8

Day 8 was our last big push before the crane arrived for raising day. 

Morning huddle

Morning huddle

Al's vision finally comes together - and it's a beauty!

Al's vision finally comes together - and it's a beauty!

Greg gets his chisel on

Greg gets his chisel on

Bob demonstrates technique 

Bob demonstrates technique 

Paula double checks Greg's work

Paula double checks Greg's work

Jon's ready to hammer

Jon's ready to hammer

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Paula makes a butterfly friend

Paula makes a butterfly friend

Coming together

Coming together

Checking for adjustments

Checking for adjustments

Group sanding effort 

Group sanding effort 

Matt joins the fun and gets a face full of sawdust 

Matt joins the fun and gets a face full of sawdust 

We wrapped up day 8 with some down to the wire, after-dark timber oiling and celebratory drinks around Al's fire basket. 

Timber Frame Workshop: Day 3

More sun, more sweat, more celebratory end-of-work-day beer. Day 3 was good. 

Al measure brace pieces

Al measure brace pieces

Pat gives Katie a lesson on the Wood-Mizer portable sawmill...

Pat gives Katie a lesson on the Wood-Mizer portable sawmill...

And then Katie takes the reins!

And then Katie takes the reins!

Look at that wood!

Look at that wood!

Dave chisels out a mortise 

Dave chisels out a mortise 

Kerri prepares to cut a mortise

Kerri prepares to cut a mortise

Looking like a pro with her mallet and chisel!

Looking like a pro with her mallet and chisel!

Katie assists while Paula drills a peg hole

Katie assists while Paula drills a peg hole

Pat, Katie, and Bruce have a team huddle

Pat, Katie, and Bruce have a team huddle


Timber Frame Workshop: Day 2

The weather heated up for day two of the workshop, but the team powered through the sun and sweat and made great progress.

One highlight was seeing the scarf joint (used to connect two "sticks" end to end) come together:

Paula cleaning up one half of the scarf joint

Paula cleaning up one half of the scarf joint

Greg uses a chisel to even out the other half of the scarf joint

Greg uses a chisel to even out the other half of the scarf joint

Bob makes a plan for fitting the scarf joint together

Bob makes a plan for fitting the scarf joint together

It took a group effort to move these heavy "sticks" into place

It took a group effort to move these heavy "sticks" into place

Almost there...

Almost there...

Success!

Success!

The day also included lots and lots of chiseling:

Dan hard at work

Dan hard at work

Katie cleaning out a mortise

Katie cleaning out a mortise

Kerri and Paula get into their chiseling groove 

Kerri and Paula get into their chiseling groove 

As well as some fun power tool action:

Katie rocks the mortise saw

Katie rocks the mortise saw

And plenty of measuring and discussion:

Al works on an organic brace piece

Al works on an organic brace piece

Bruce and Bill discuss design

Bruce and Bill discuss design

By the end of the day, we were able to see the joinery starting to come together, and the crew had more than earned their evening beer :)