We now have almost all of the timberframe on site, and work commenced today towards putting the pieces together.

Below are the hammer-frame trusses, which will support the 28′ span of the larger garage. This basic hammer-frame design has been used for centuries – Notre Dame Cathedral uses hammer-frame to support it’s roof, but it would seem that structural engineers still don’t quite understand how it works. Having been trained as a structural engineer myself, I kinda like that.

Hammer Trusses

Hammer Trusses

Y’all have heard of the bigger hammer theory, where every intractable problem just needs a bigger hammer? Well, below Brad from Sticks and Stones Construction proves that is just the case to get a recalcitrant beam in place:

Bigger Hammer

Bigger Hammer

The crane will arrive tomorrow early am to start lifting these into place. This is where the rubber really meets the road. Months and months of design, planning, fabrication, and preparation all culminates in the couple days of frame raising, and it’s an exciting time for all involved.