“Round Timberframing. Harvesting trees from the site where we are building and using the trees as round structural members is ideal. Certainly this is time and labor intensive, although structurally, round timbers outperform milled timbers of the same dimension. This is because of the natural spiral form of the tree grain which is lost when the tree is milled. This spiral form is what allows tree branches of large girth to hang horizontally to limits that seem unbelievable.
Timberframing has been around for thousands of years. When properly designed, a timberframe can use a modest amount of lumber while achieving a lengthy life of several hundred years. In the Northeast, timberframing is a natural choice for our bioregion.
Building in the Round. The spiral staircase is a wonderful example of building in the round. It shows how incorporting not only round forms but round movement, or spiral movement can create a dynamic element of a home or space. The concept of building in the round has spiritual underpinnings. It is also grounded in craft and respect for materials and how they are harvested.
Stone is well used when it is found on the building site. This is a time honored building material that connects us to the beginings of our culture. A durable and possibly the longest lasting building material. Stone can ground a structure both physically and visually. One of the reasons that buildings no longer look rooted to the ground is because they have lost their stone foundations. Stone can be used in many places in a structure.”