At the end of a raising, it is traditional to attach a tree bough to the peak of the frame to honour the trees who gave their wood for the building. In this case, a fir bough was used, as all but two timbers in the frame were fir. Continue reading Assembled Frame
A timber frame raising is a spectacular event, as each timber that has been meticulously chosen, milled, planed, and notched is fitted into its precise location. Once the timbers have each been cut and notched in the shop, a house frame may be assembled and raised on site in a matter of days.
The beauty of a natural timber frame is such that most owners prefer to have the frame in full view from the interior of their building, with the wall systems and insulation wrapping around the outer edge of the frame.
The house frame shown here will have a wall system of straw bales and natural clay plaster. This system provides energy efficiency and a comfortable level of humidity in the home using materials that are highly renewable. The clay plaster will help the walls to “breathe”, preventing moisture from getting trapped in the walls.
In the old days of the barn raising events, many neighbours would assemble and lift the frames with ropes, pulleys, and human power. This may be done nowadays, but for safety reasons, a crane is often used to lift the large timbers while the crew of timber framers secures them into place. Continue reading Connecting Bents
A boom truck with 60 feet of reach was able to raise this frame, as the bents were only 26 feet wide and the truck was able to drive right up to the side of the foundation. Continue reading Frame Raising With A Crane
Through tenon joints have a very appealing aesthetic, and they can be interpersed with other joints to keep the eye interested as it travels through a frame. Continue reading Long Through Tenon Joint
In traditional timber framing, wood joinery is used to fit all the timbers together in an exact pattern, with braces lending structural rigidity and solid oak pegs tying all the pieces together. Continue reading Short Through Tenon Joint
The bents for this frame were assembled beside the building and stacked until the day of the raising. Each individual timber is separated cut, notched, and finished before putting them together into the bents (or wall sections). Continue reading Assembled Bents