Thomas here, with a wee-little update about a project you can come be part of. This June we’ll be timber-framing a very stout barn on a site overlooking the beauty of the Long Branch Creek and some of the best sunsets this world has to offer.
In hopes that you’ll realize how incredibly fun and educational this will all be, I’d like to share more details about the design of the structure itself and our plans for hosting an awesome workshop experience. Sorry if there is too much timber frame jargon… it’s all simple, sensible stuff really.
The “work” of the workshop will be focused on the layout, cutting, fitting and raising of the three major bent assemblies that make up the core of this barn’s frame. We’ll work mainly with hand tools and learn to keep all edge tools extremely sharp. Most of the timbers are Douglas Fir. The posts and sills are around 8”x8” in cross section and tie beams are 8”x12”. Basic load calculations for the strength of framing members indicate that, with the hay mow packed with bales, the central tie beam needs to bear the weight equivalent of two rhinoceroses!!! Fourth rule of successful barn design: make the mow floor strong so the rhinos don’t crush the goats. Safety first!