We’ve made it to Texas. Shockingly big, sprawling, and stunningly green Texas. Yesterday, the Timber Framers Guild Lake Naconiche Workshop officially began, and we starting chipping away at the layout work for the 32×48 timber frame pavilion. It’s hard to believe in a little over a week, the building we’re looking at on paper should be up in the air. The magic of timber framing has just begun…
We are being hosted by the Red Suspenders Timber Frame Shop, owned by Tim and Wynter Chauvin. We have a nice open workshop space to build in, well-shaded and with ample room for over 15 people to be comfortably working. The light quality inside is particularly nice…
No tools other than squares, pencils, calculators, and the like made it out today on day one, as we will be completing the majority of the layout before we proceed with cutting out. The quality of the material we are using is extremely high — most of it is S4S southern yellow pine. That’s pine that’s been planed on all four sides. Oh, and it’s been kiln-dried. Needless to say, the dimensions are extremely accurate, and it allows us to use “mill rule” — basically, we can put a square on any face and rest assured there will be little to no error in making and transferring marks.
I know a lot of folks were scratching their heads today, as some of the joinery is compound, and multiple angles are abound. Yikes. Some good old fashioned story sticks and templates were used to make posts and braces, but the rafters and truss pieces presented some bigger challenges.
I chose to work on the brace layout crew, as my memory of brace layout has been a bit fuzzy since our own Timber Frame Workshop in 2012. I got a great refresher from Jim Holzknecht, and we made a template, and pumped layout for all 28 braces soon after.
The leadership team includes Curtis Milton, Gerry David, Jim Holzknecht and Ben Loveland — clearly all very knowledgeable framers. It’s exciting to be exposed to so many talented folks in one space, and I expect I’ll be picking up lots of nuggets of information over the next week….
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