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On Any Given Sunday Afternoon

Knowing my economic limitations when I was a good bit younger I pretty much had honed my ability to defer gratification to the point where even the thought of owning a dependable vehicle didn’t cross my mind. I was 24 years old, teaching during the day and pursuing my...

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Noticed Details

Since the publication of Timber Frame Hybrids in 2008 a surprising number of those who have read the book have questioned me about my work with dogs. Some have even sought more information about my “vintage but cherry” Suzuki Titan motorcycle. Both of these details...

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CHANGES, Part 9

The Rise of the Hybrid In construction, the term “hybrid” refers to the combination of major methods or types of fabrication. Almost all structures are a mix of methods or types, e.g., masonry foundation  or basement and stick-built platform walls and pre-manufactured...

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CHANGES, Part 8

The Impact of the CNC Machine In 1995 I received a fold-out postcard of sorts. Actually, it was an invitation from Hans Hundegger to come to Germany as his guest to inspect a heavy timber CNC machine which he wanted to market to North...

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CHANGES, Part 7

Form of Projects In the early years our projects, as well of those of our contemporaries, were residential and most of them were of a traditional form or style. I think the most heavily used were the saltbox, cape cod and “barn home”. It was a limited palette....

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CHANGES, Part 6

Promotional Materials In the beginning our promotional material consisted of a business card which had both my name and that of my partner on it. Within a year we each had our own business cards plus a small black and white pamphlet which...

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CHANGES Part 5

Contracts For the first decade of business all our contracts were hand written calligraphically by me. At first they were simply one page but eventually they grew to a page and a half. Had they been typed the longest would have taken...

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CHANGES Part 4

Panels In the early eighties the panels that were most commonly available to timber framers were not called SIPs (structural insulated panels); they were simply called “panels” or “insulated panels” or “skins”. Typically, such panels were...

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CHANGES Part 3

Shops Most of the shops back then were small by today’s standards. Many of them were in barns, some merely in driveways, others in ramshackle structures. After three years of working in a driveway my partner and I built, with mostly recycled...

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CHANGES Part 2

Depth of Experience Because timber framing in America lay mostly dormant from the late 1800’s until the 1970's, and because the resurgence didn't really pick up momentum until the early 1980’s, the playing field for companies was somewhat...

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