A timber frame for a bread oven
Our class of 17 students, one intern and 2 teachers carved and built a small frame in less than a week, using very sharp chisels, circular saws, band saws, miniature chain saws that drill the mortices (the grooves where the tongues, or "tenons" fit) and expensive Japanese tools. Turns out the Japanese (and Chinese) are the world's finest timber framers. There are wood timber frames standing from the Tang Dynasty (that's 1000 years ago, kids...) No fingers were
sacrificed in the process.
Hard at work in class, trying not to lose digits...
The exciting day of raising the completed frame!
We were hooked. This was going to be it for us! Whatever else we would get, we knew we wanted a cabin made of a timber frame. The rest would fall into place somehow. After one breakfast at the Wild Onion with Healy we started plotting our future in earnest.