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.

Mulmer Rammed Earth Residence

Our current shop project is for a Rammed Earth build in the Mulmer, Ontario area. The timber material is local Ontario hemlock.

Shop drawings March 2021
photo from site of the rammed earth wall, nov 2020

12×16 Design Process 3

Here is the 12×16 frame with all the Joinery drawn, ready now to make Engineering Drawings
Here in Xray view, you can see all connections in place.

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.

Selwyn Barn Repair

Building in mid-span rafter support on a saggy roof section. This is one of the tallest barns I’ve been in, aisle posts are approx 24′ tall.

In the top photo, you can see how an old post became a new tiebeam.

Raising the Nogies Creek Cabin

Sept, 2020: posting more pics from the Nogies Creek raising. I basically picked all the images with water in the background… Also included another design drawing showing a lot of the dimensions for the structure.