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.

Castleton Farmhouse update

Layout and Cutting of timbers is nearly complete on the Castleton farmhouse, fitting the frames will begin soon. This frame has taken the crown as our most complex frame so far. I’m also happy to add that the frame has a number of different wood species: white pine, oak, cherry, walnut and maple. I hope to get back with fitting pics soon.

Back to the Bancroft Barn

Whippletree is back to the Bancroft Barn site to raise a storage building, the Barn is looking great with exterior details pretty much finished.

Bancroft Garage

Current workshop project is a Garage/Storage Building for a site near Bancroft. The build features three wedged scarf joints and has timbered walls with a standard 2x truss roof.

28 foot long tiebeam with wedged scarf
closer view of scarf joint
Design View of Scarf

Visit to British Columbia

Currently on my annual pilgimage to Vancouver Island to visit my partner’s parents. I took the picture below at the Coombs Country Market, AKA “Goats on the Roof” A fantastic market with plenty of items including western salmon jerky.

Many of the buildings in Coombs are constructed using round log framing with plank roof decking and earth roofing – rubber membrane, drainage layer, dirt and grass. Definitely one of my favorite building styles and well suited to the moist climate on Vancouver Island.


Fitting the Hampton Addition

Whippletree working in the shop this week assembling trusses for an Addition in Hampton, Ontario.

LOTS of timberlinx and some new timber carts, which I will blog about soon.

Timbers of the East Gable, with my camera on some strange setting : ]
Timbers of the West Gable