Descriptions are included in captions at the bottom of each photo.
Timber Framing Project
In October 2015 I was invited to spend three days here in Rockbridge County with a group of timber framers to build a "shed" for the historic Town of Williamsburg Virginia. The lead timber framer, Grigg Mullen, a professor at VMI, invited local craftsmen and Virginia Military Institute Keydets to form a team of volunteers to layout and cut the joints. To be consistent with historic standards we cut all the joints with hand tools. I spent most of my time working with three Keydets drilling and chiseling mortises into the large timbers.
At the end of three days the project was only partially completed. The structure you see in the last photo will be broken down into its individual beams, placed on a trailer and hauled to Williamsburg. Carpenters in Williamsburg will finish joining all the timbers, cut wood for siding and split wood for shingles. Then they will use hundreds of cut nails made by the Williamsburg blacksmiths to attach the siding and roofing to the completed timber frame. I hope to travel to Williamsburg one day soon to see the completed shed being used for its designed purpose; storing hand tools for the Williamsburg carpenters.
Thanks to... Grace DuVal for photographing the Dr. Suess Bed and the Desk without Drawers. Becky Hutcheson for photographing the Upper Cherry Cabinet and the Desk Without Drawers. Amy Biddle for website design and photography. Tim Paul for the lumber that supplies my shop. (All from Virginia forests.) Sally Hutcheson (my wife) for her ideas, inspiration, insights, encouragment, patience, and photography.