This was a very interesting project undertaken in 2004/2005. All the green oak for the job came from the site and was milled by Mike Gardner (straight section) and myself (curved section). Then, in the autumn of 2004 courses were run at Easternhill taught by Henry Russell enabling students to learn the ancient processes involved in jointing together a whole building on the floor.
The students and Henry made 3 crossframes and scarfed sections of wallplate, and in the spring of 2005 Henry, myself, Mike and Ben Gillespie framed the rest. We raised the building by hand with a gin pole and block and tackle. The rafters are Douglas fir, half-lapped at the apex.
The wood was all low-value oak ; the trees all had die-back or were otherwise compromised, and none of it went on a road, from tree to frame.
The building is now a countryside crafts centre which hosts courses, events and has rooms for hire. See the links page for more info.
The resident artist
The building is clad in local Western red cedar and roofed in natural slate.