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Slate is a natural choice for timber framed structures.  It has a long lifespan, is stunning to look at and can be found locally.

Slate is a natural choice for timber framed structures. It has a long lifespan, is stunning to look at and can be found locally.
Rough peg stock is split out of a block of red oak with a froe and mallet.

Rough peg stock is split out of a block of red oak with a froe and mallet.
The log is marked in a grid pattern using a framing square and slpit with a froe.

The log is marked in a grid pattern using a framing square and slpit with a froe.
Seth Kelley brings his work home and shapes pegs with a draw knife on a shaving horse in his kitchen.

Seth Kelley brings his work home and shapes pegs with a draw knife on a shaving horse in his kitchen.
Finished pegs.

Finished pegs.
The framing square is our most valuable layout tool and can be used for everything from calculating brace lengths and board footage to laying out roof pitches and even drawing perfect circles.  The vintage squares shown here were made by the eagle square company of Vermont.

The framing square is our most valuable layout tool and can be used for everything from calculating brace lengths and board footage to laying out roof pitches and even drawing perfect circles. The vintage squares shown here were made by the eagle square company of Vermont.


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