Welcome to the Whippletree Blog

Hello from Mark Davidson, join me here for posts about Traditional Woodworking including: Timber framing, old Ontario barns, structural design, tools of the trade and generally what keeps us busy at Whippletree.

I’ve previously been posting this information on Facebook and I’m excited to move the process to our website and I hope that you will offer your comments and questions about what you see here.

Home addition in Hampton

This month we began shop work on a home addition which features a pair of 30 foot clear span trusses, this xray view shows the many timberlinx connectors that will be used.

Fitting Frames on the Mulmur Project

We are now working on fitting up the frames for the rammed earth build in Mulmur Ont. Glad to see this stage as it has been a long time waiting for the hemlock material to arrive at the shop. Soon I will have some pictures from the raising onsite!

12 x 16 design process 2

This view shows all main timbers in place, at this stage the drawing would be ready for initial review by an engineer, to determine the sizes and grades of the timbers. Once sizes and grades are set, the next step will be drawing in all the connection details.
The drawing app that I use has many styles, this view has “sketchy edges”

12×16 design process 1

These images show the first stage of design on a small sized timber frame.

Floor plan, division of floor plan into bays or aisles, Post, Tiebeam, Brace, Rafter.

This is called the End Elevation, next blog will have the Side Elevation.