Tuesday, August 11, 2015

photos on instagram

Just because it's easier to do from a phone, I have started posting on instagram.

This is the link, or you can follow me @paulathonney.

Phase 3 of the journey begins now.  Heading over to West Virginia today.

Friday, August 07, 2015

timber frame pavilion


In a couple of weeks I'll be helping to build a timber framed pavilion.  This is a rough sketch of the building, minus the rafters, which will not be timber framed.  A nice basic structure.  Lots of braces.

Hopefully I will have pictures of the real thing to post later this month!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

a passage by Sir Wilfred Thesiger

"For years the Empty Quarter [of the Arabian Peninsula] had represented to me the final, unattainable challenge which the desert offered.  Suddenly it had come within my reach.  I remembered my excitement when [British researcher O. B.] Lean had casually offered me the chance to go there, the immediate determination to cross it, and then the doubts and fears, the frustrations, and the moments of despair.  Now I had crossed it.  To others my journey would have little importance.  It would produce nothing except a rather inaccurate map which no one was ever likely to use.  It was a personal experience, and the reward had been a drink of clean, nearly tasteless water.  I was content with that."

From Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger.

As I prepare to go timber framing next week, Thesiger's thoughts resonate for me.  I've been offered an opportunity, which opens up a different world.  And I know it's going to be hard at times.  But I'm so glad to have the chance.

Friday, July 31, 2015

southern illinois



It's very beautiful here in the summer.  More beautiful still from inside of an air conditioned car!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

finish carpentry

In the finish carpentry class we focused a lot on the exterior of the tiny home.  We installed the soffit and fascia boards around the roof.  Then we made corner boards using a biscuit joiner.  We installed the windows with flashing and window trim.  We put up some siding, and got the door installed.

I took these pictures part way through the week.




And these pictures were near the end of the week:





On our last day we hung the door.  The couple who are getting this house built for them will finish the exterior siding and roofing.  Then they will work on the interior over the winter.  There's still a lot to do.  But they're so much farther along from where they were when they delivered the trailer to Heartwood.

Monday, July 27, 2015

my creek


After a day of learning and working, it's great to get down to the creek.

by the stream




beaver pond campsite











Friday, July 17, 2015

home building class

I've been learning how to build a house.  It's reviving my old dream of creating my own home.  My class at Heartwood consisted of classroom instruction in the mornings, and hands on work in the afternoons.

We learned about all the major components of a home, and then we built a tiny home!  It's not finished, but it's framed, sheathed in plywood.  Next week we'll put on siding, windows, and trim.

We started with a trailer.  The base had been insulated and sheathed in Advantec plywood.  In this picture we are about to raise the first wall.


After a day of cutting a lot of pieces and assembling them, the first wall is complete and braced into place.

Then we got all 4 walls up, checked for square, and nailed together.


Some people worked on sheathing the outside in plywood.


Others worked on the loft supports inside:

Here is the completed loft, which quickly became a hangout for chats after class.


Once the plywood sheathing on the walls was completed, we put in rafters.  Then we sheathed the roof in plywood too.  I don't have pictures of that step but I made sure to get right up there and deal with my fear of heights.  It wasn't too bad after all.

Then we wrapped the house with Typar...


...and learned how to install a window.



 My class next week is about finish carpentry.  We'll do siding and trim details around the window and roof.  The tiny house won't be completed but we've given the owners a bit jump forward.  They'll finish insulating, drywalling, and all the interior finishes.