Timber Framing

I'm helping deconstruct this timber frame barn in southern IL for the next couple of weeks… lotta work, lotta dirt & grime too. Thank goodness for the cherry picker. #timberframebarn #deconstruction #timberframing A post shared by ziggy (@theyearofmud) on Nov 9, 2017 at 5:15pm PST In November, I traveled to Illinois to help deconstruct a […]

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 […]