Rewind to the middle of January of this year (2016). I didn’t think we could make it happen.
We had talked about building a house this year, but with the spring fast approaching we began to have our doubts as to if we could actually pull it off this summer. But then we struck some sort of luck.
Half way through my 12 week intensive Foundations of Woodworking course at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, it came to my attention that the school was offering a class on tiny home timber frame construction. Even better, they were looking for a sponsor to take home one of the structures at the end of the course. Needless to say, we leaped at the opportunity.
Ill say this right off the bat. Neither of us has any experience timber framing. I’ve done my fair share of stick framing, but throwing in the additional challenge of learning a new trade, we needed some help if this is really going to happen.
Lets clarify a bit. We are not taking home a finished product. The class is going to be focusing on timber frame joinery techniques, with an emphasis on small structures or tiny homes. The goal of the class is to finish the frame and install wall and roof sheathing. The rest will be up to us.
With the motivation of a deadline fast approaching, we have been going full swing to make sure we have everything in order for this build. The most immediate challenge; awaiting the completion of our custom 20 foot trailer so that we can pick it up…. in Portland,OR.