Timber Framing

In the fall of last year, I was contracted to build a small 8×16 timber frame wood shed and it was a great opportunity to get back to the ol’ chisel and mallet. I love this type of work — the materials, the scale, the tools, and the workflow feel so good. In my first […]

A common design question when working with wood posts and concrete (or stone) is: how do you anchor posts to the concrete? Honestly, if we’re talking about a large structure with a lot of weight, gravity does most of the work and you don’t need a specific connection. A concrete post anchor may be necessary […]

Timber Frame Wood Shed

by ziggy on November 21, 2016 -- 0 comments -- Follow

Gears quickly shifted this fall when I was contracted to build a wood shed in town. Up until a few weeks ago, I was trying to squeeze in as much work as possible on the ol’ homestead projects — the light clay straw outhouse in particular. I did end up getting the little outhouse to […]

Japanese Joinery, Animated

by ziggy on October 13, 2016 -- 0 comments -- Follow

    Japanese craftspeople have the reputation of designing and creating some of the most intricate and complex timber joinery on the planet. The use of timbers in construction has a long and deeply fascinating history, and many of these astonishing joints have their roots in the building of temples. Historically, these techniques were fiercely guarded secrets of […]

For the Love of Pizza

by ziggy on April 5, 2016 -- 0 comments -- Follow

We moved to our land a mere six months ago and we’re flooded with the potential to pursue many amazing projects. Conversations in our household abound about the various building projects we want complete in the coming years, and in what sequence makes sense to try to take on these various buildings. This year, we made the […]