When was the last time you classified a building as Type IV - Heavy Timber? That's what I thought. Well you only have to go back about 100 years to find a time when most wood buildings were timberframed; and timberframing spans back from there at least 5,000 years. Timberframed buildings are on every continent except Antarctica and timberframing was used to build grand churches, mosques, temples, as well as simple houses and shops. So with that pedigree why are we not particularly familiar with this way to build?
Want to learn more about this time honored building technique? Want to actually build a timberframed barn and see how all of the parts go together? Want to discuss possibilities for old timberframes and new timberframes? Then please join us on April 16th at 5:45 pm for a discussion and an actual barn raising of a 1/4 scale model of a barn.
Plan to spend about 1 1/2 raising the barn but you will not be hurried off if you wish to stay longer to talk. Also please note that this event will require a number of hours of preparation getting the barn to AA and unloading all of the materials; and then the barn has to be returned to Lansing. We ask that you RSVP early and that you keep your commitment so this effort benefits the most people. It will be a fun evening but it is a lot of work. We will need to have at least more than 20 committed participants to have this event. Oh, and when was the last time you earned a CE credit while sipping a beer?
Charles Bultman, an Ann Arbor architect, has been saving and adapting old, unwanted, barns into new uses; including homes, offices and retail spaces.
Attendees can earn 1 LU learning unit.