whole tree architecture

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 […]

HOW TO PEEL TREES

A crew from Whole Trees Architecture and Construction spent Tuesday and Wednesday on our land and completed peeling all the trees that need peeling this summer to serve as the unmilled timbers we will be using to build our house next spring. Selected not only because they are the right […]

PEELING THE TREES FOR OUR HOUSE

We had a peeling party on our land this week.  Monday through Wednesday there were from six to nine people selecting and prepping the trees that will hold up the house we build next summer. On Monday most of the trees were selected from our 44 acres.  (See The First […]

THE FIRST 100 TREES FOR OUR HOUSE

Today was an exciting day.  Doug and I cleared overgrown trails and created new ones for the past few days so that today we could walk our woods with Roald Gundersen of Whole Trees Architecture and Construction  and with  his assistant Della Hansmann, who is designing our house. We were […]

BUILDING ON THE SUSTAINABLE FRONTIER

When you are building a non-traditional house, you spend a lot of time wondering about things that people building in the usual 2×4, drywall, aluminum siding and asphalt shingle world can take for granted.   But Doug and I want to be green pioneers and explore new ideas about sustainable structures.  […]

CUTTING THE FOREST TO SAVE IT

I just had an article published in Odyssey Magazine this month.   This is a very cool, science magazine for middle school kids that I have loved for a long time.  Each issue has a theme, and April’s theme is trees.   I wrote a piece about how whole tree building can […]