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Winter timber framing in northern Minnesota

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Blue skies mean cold temperatures….

Upon making the move from Vermont to Minnesota in September I joined Peter Henrickson of Grand Marais to help him cut a frame for a customer far up the Caribou Trail in Lutsen, MN.

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We turned many a rough sawn white pine 8×8 into a beautifully textured, hand planed and chamfered post for a garage with a guest apartment above.

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Before we knew it the leaves had blown away, and what every Minnesotan knows well would be very clear to me a few weeks later:

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Winter is coming.

This is the caribou trail, by the way.

In late December when we raised this frame.

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A fair amount of salt and chipping gave us a clean slab to work with.

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Here is the owner pegging a mortise and tenon joint in the first bent.

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And here he is raising it with the roustabout!

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A few assemblies and before long….

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…things come together and the frame grows.

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Pretty soon we need bigger gear.

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 timber frame raised

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Some days are colder than others.

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With the cold comes the beauty.

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Glorious, glorious red pine tongue & groove sheathing will grace this frame.

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rafter tail timber frame

On the real cold days we finish up some small pieces indoors.


Panel installation to follow….




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