Arron signals the crane operator as he lowers the H onto the sill

Paper Beats Rock

We all have illusions about longevity. Many people think that a building’s strength is derived from its foundation, made of stone, or brick, or concrete, but that’s only partly true. A good foundation is a blessing, but a bad foundation is not damning. We’ve seen so many foundation failures that in a well-designed timber frame, we…

Jennison Barn

Bread and Butter Barn

I write a lot about our unusual jobs: a deserted island, an elevated dance floor, or a building-sized jewelry box, but most of us got into this to do jobs like the Jennison barn. The job incorporates so many of PTF’s defining motifs: barn preservation, adaptive re-use, local history and creative clients. The Jennisons called in early…

Arbor line

Arbor Days

Arbor Day is everyday down at iFarm this spring.  Brian and Shawn have been building an arbor that will support fruiting vines, like arctic kiwi, on this permaculture farm.  Serpentine in layout, the arbor is constructed from black locust saplings with simple half-lap joinery on full-round material.  Black locust is a choice species for use…