Friday, July 31, 2009

The Perfect Tree

After months of planning the timber frame shop we started searching for the straightest tallest trees we could find. Bill Nelson supplied all the red oak trees for this shop from his farm in southern Indiana. He is an expert at felling big trees and without his help none of this would be possible. Bill, pictured above, has played such a big role in this project and we both have had a blast cutting all the timber.

As you can see Bill has some real nice red oaks. The straighter the better. The logs are cut to rough length then sawed on the Woodmizer sawmill. 8'' x 8'' posts and 8'' x 10'' beams are cut with the pith in the center or otherwise known as boxed heart. This allows the timber to remain stable with equal amount of wood to dry around the center of the log. Doing this has proven to be worth the time because these timbers have remained straight since cutting these back in March.

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