Tuesday, March 3, 2015

UCSC Hay Barn - Preparing the Frames

With under three weeks of production to go, the crew at Santa Cruz Timber Frames is working briskly. This model sits outside, amidst the workers, serving as a reference tool for planning the assembly of the Hay Barn. The photographs below also show a series of tenon templates, which are used to make sure each mortise is perfectly consistent.

This model, made by Dos Osos Timberworks, serves as a reference for the timber framers.

A girt tenon template.  Girts run the length of the Barn, connecting each of the bents.

This shortened, portable wall post template includes the top tenon, tie beam mortise, and bottom tenon.
A scarf joint template, used to produce the sill plates.

A comparison of what the original, aged wood will look like against our new members. 

Once a tenon is completed, it's coated in wax to ease the assembly process.

Waxed mortises in completed posts, awaiting shipment to the Hay Barn site.

Fernau & Hartman Book Work

For the past few months Fernau & Hartman have been working hard on preparing spreads for our book release. Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UCSC Hay Barn - Tools of the Trade

We recently visited the Santa Cruz Timber Frames shop in Bonny Doon and witnessed the production of wall posts for the Hay Barn. The crew utilizes a combination of traditional Japanese woodworking implements & contemporary power tools. Working in a forest clearing, the 5-person crew will produce all of the wall posts before moving onto the next type of member.

A Japanese Adze in the foreground and a Chain Blade Mortise Cutter in the background.
A double-bladed Ryoba.
A Japanese Fishtail Chisel.
A Mallet and Drawknife.
A Hand-Operated Planer.

                                                                             The Japanese Adze is used to reshape the timbers.

                                                                                   The Chain Blade Mortise Cutter in action.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lark Motel, Bozeman MT

For the past couple of years Richard has been consulting with Think Tank Design Group based in Bozeman to design the Lark Motel. The Motel will act as the perfect base-camp for a trip to Southwest Montana. With large sitting areas and an assortment of outdoor patios and fireplaces. A one of a kind Map Room has been designed to help visitors find their way around Bozeman and rural Montana. Within the Map Room, reclaimed Douglas Fir has been used to create both the custom map reading station and reference table.

On April 3rd the Lark Motel in Bozeman will open its doors to the general public, the Motel is now taking reservations with 25% of for first time visitors. Please take the chance to have a look at the website: http://www.larkbozeman.com/

Entrance to the Lark Motel as seen from West Main Street.
Mock-Up of the map table at the Fernau & Hartman Office in Berkeley.

Reclaimed Douglas Fir, used to produce both map table & reference table.
Map table, computer station and shelving for brochures and information guides.

Reference table with niches for information books and other reference materials.