Houston Hill, Cabot, VT

Project Overview

In 2002, Seth Kelley was hired to design a twenty by twenty-four foot workshop at a residence in Cabot, VT.  This frame features tamarack sills, six naturally curved cherry braces and top plates that extend several feet past the gables for added protection from the elements.  Seth used a necked, tying joint that he had seen and admired in an old barn earlier that year.  We look forward to the next opportunity to employ this unique and fascinating joint.  The frame was raised by hand, with friends.  We have fond memories of the homeowner grilling up hot dogs and tossing them up to people on the frame at lunch.  Ahhhh….summer in Vermont…

Project Pictures

Houston Hill, Cabot, VT
Strapping the roof on a beautiful summer day.

Strapping the roof on a beautiful summer day.
All timbers for this shop came within a thirty mile radius.

All timbers for this shop came within a thirty mile radius.
Raising day with friends.  Notice post top joinery detail.  This is the necked tying joint.

Raising day with friends. Notice post top joinery detail. This is the necked tying joint.
Fine tuning the top plate.

Fine tuning the top plate.
Curved cherry brace supports plate extension.

Curved cherry brace supports plate extension.
Notch in tie beam is to let rafter tail go by.

Notch in tie beam is to let rafter tail go by.
Dumby head on the end of the tie beams add exceptional strength.

Dumby head on the end of the tie beams add exceptional strength.
Rafter joinery was cut using the adze.

Rafter joinery was cut using the adze.
The home owner slinging up the rafters for the block and tackle.

The home owner slinging up the rafters for the block and tackle.


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