So last year I went with MassArt to Virginia to take part in a collaborative project between said school, the Virginia Military Institute, and the Timber Framer’s Guild. And this year we did it again. Most students, more cadets, and more fun. The students designed the structure for a Habitat for Humanity community that was being built not far from where we all stayed and worked, on the Mullen’s property in Rockbridge County. It’s always a treat to do these projects, a real escape from life into something idyllic and workmanlike, and this was no exception. Check out some photos below.
Brownington, VT. The Old Stone House was constructed back in the 1800s by Alexander Twilight, the first black college graduate of the U.S., out of massive stones, to be a schoolhouse for the children of Brownington. A barn used house the students’ animals which they would use for food and money for their schooling, but had fallen into disrepair and was disassembled in the early 1900s.
Yup, I went to Poland. To help build a timber frame synagogue. A replica of the 1731 place of worship. It was pretty awesome.
The Timber Framer’s Guild was commissioned to build this structure, and Handshouse Studio organized a student volunteer opportunity to help with its construction. My group flew into Warsaw, where we stayed for about three days, and then traveled to Sanok, where we were for about twelve, to build. We then went to Krakow for about two days and headed home. There are plenty of pictures and memories from the trip, and I will do my best to summarize them here .
Commemorative timber framed covered bridge over a dam
This was a post-Poland project (somebody said I’d caught the timber framing bug) at Wason Pond in Chester, New Hampshire. It was a week-long project held by the TFG, and I was able to help out for a good two days on a brief vacation from working and taking a break at home with family. Continue reading →