Shelter Series: Timber and Round Pole Framing

Week two of the Shelter Series was dimensional timber framing with Bill Sturm from Oregon Timberworks. Although the calculations and design of the structure were already figured, it was completely constructed by students. First, we were taught how to layout tenons, mortises, and knee braces. We used both hand and power tools to saw the…

Shelter Series: Farm Office Foundation

The first week of the shelter series was preparing the site and laying the foundation. I actually missed most of this week because I was away, but fortunately I was able to participate because it was an ongoing process. Meaning, it took longer than a week. Once the site was cleared, a trench was dug…

Rocket Mass Heater

A rocket mass heater is a clean burning, high performance heating system. Although it is similar to the rocket stove and masonry heater, the rocket mass heater contains chambers designed to draw exhaust horizontally before leaving a vertical flue or chimney. This creates a thermal store large enough to retain heat for many hours. With…

Slip Clip Insulation

Slip and Chip is another form of natural insulation that incorporates a mixture of wood chips coated with clay slip to bind them together. This infill system compares to light straw clay, but is faster and requires less drying time. The chips are roughly 2” in diameter and can be either dry or green. Our…