Pictured here is the finished frame and studding. Kevin was keen for the line of the roof to continue as a ‘folded’ profile down the north wall. His idea was for this wall also to be shingled as a continuation of the roof. I’m very glad he suggested this as I’ve enjoyed building it and it looks great. There is a small 1” drip overhang, which is the absolute minimum. It is just possible in this picture to see the blue sealed sections of end grain. I like to seal end grain in these situations to reduce cracking during the drying process. You can also see the ratchet strap which held the south wall in place before ribs and braces were attached.
There are lots of books and a few courses on timber framing. You could book yourself on to one of our marvellous 5 day courses in Gloucestershire (www.wholewoods.co.uk) or check out the Low Impact Living Initiative for other venues (www.lowimpact.org).
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