Now that is a manly tool! Earlier this spring I was at a friends house looking at his old barn, marveling at it's post and beam construction . All the floor joists were mortised into a large beam in the center of the barn to support the 2nd floor.The more I looked , the more amazed I was knowing the work it must have took to do this work so precise over 100 years ago........with only hand tools!
Its getting harder here too. Timber frame isn't found in the code books, so the inspectors are baffled. They are starting to require graded lumber with stamps. The engineers all want metal brackets and lags, which is not true timber framing. The days of knowledge are waning. The information is out there, just in different books. There are timber frame structures that have stood for hundreds of years, long before inspectors and lumber stamps.
That's really something bike. I have been a carpenter since 69 and never built anything with timber framing.Gosh that looks like fun! Nice job. What is that building going to be? Looks like a great place to work too.
Its going to be a small home. A client I work for bought a piece of river front property with a old camp on it, he was allowed to tear it down and build something new as long as it was within the same foot print. Kind of an odd size the bottom is 12 x 40, the second story is 16x40. I've done quite a few of them at this point. I've been fortunate, I started doing carpentry with this kind of stuff in the 80's.
I'm with tinker, nice job and it sure looks like a lot fun! The closest thing I've done to that is a conventional frame roof with heavy timbers, rough sawn 6 and 8x, with everything mortised into the ridge beam. That was fun and the most disgusting project I was ever involved in was building a geodesic dome house, kit, on the side of South Mountain near Central Ave. in Phoenix. The whole city wanted it torn down when it was near completion and I couldn't blame them. What an eyesore on the side of the mountain and it made me sick to look at in the mornings as I was heading to work.