Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sebastopol House: Tapered Column "Toothpick" on Site

The long-awaited "Toothpick" has been delivered on site. This structural member is a tapered glued laminated western red cedar column. At its thickest, the "Toothpick" is 9 inches wide and is approximately 50 feet long. It will support the roof at the highest point of the main house.

Fun fact: this log has to be rotated approximately every four hours to keep it from bowing out of shape. 

The "Toothpick." Richard in the back for scale.

Future placement of the "Toothpick."

Closeup of the glued laminated timber layers

Steel columns supporting the roof at the Guest House. The sloped column is a reoccurring element throughout the project.