Whole Tree Architecture and Construction

WHY WE ARE PAINTING OUR TIMBERS WHITE

I have had good friends become dumbstruck because of something we are doing as we build our unmilled, timber frame house. Everyone forms an image when you say timber frame.  They see massive posts and beams stained to a golden glow, criss-crossing and defining a space.  And what you’ll see […]

USING EVERY PARTICLE OF PINE

The temperature for March 15 around Madison WI typically varies from 27°F to 41°F.  Today it hit 80.  It’s never done that before. All the more reason to build the most energy efficient, sustainable building practices house that we can. That meant working outside in tee shirts, although in the […]

TREE FELLING BEGINS!

Last summer (see my post Peeling Trees for our House) we selected the trees on our land that will be used to build our house, and Tuesday December 5, 20011, our construction foreman, Bryan Dalstrom started felling those trees so they can be prepped for construction, working with Kellen Anderson […]

VISITING A WHOLE TREE HOUSE

Last weekend we got to visit the Whole Tree Construction, straw bale house that we helped build last year.  Doug and I participated in a 6-day strawbale, clay wall workshop.  (See posts Straw bale – Bending Walls  , Stitching Straw Bales Makes Strong Walls, and Earthen Clay on Straw Bales […]

SEEING INSIDE A TREE

Acoustic tomography.  Ever heard of it? This is a nondestructive imaging technique to determine what’s going on inside a tree.  According to “Evaluation of Acoustic Tomography for Tree Decay Detection,”   internal decay is an ever-present possibility which seriously compromises lumber production.  For every 100 million board feet of timber […]