Framing Rough Cut Lumber

Matt helped with our house several times, and so it was a great honor to help him with a house he’s building. It’s framed freely and fluidly and in this way, it reflect his personality perfectly. I love how houses in Vermont which are self built are a perfect reflection of the people within them.

It’s the first time I work with rough cut lumber, and well it’s no more capricious than kiln dried stuff from the lumber yard. The dimensions are a little loose and that’s much less of an issue than the usual warps, twists & knots wood always has.

With several years of building under my belt, I was for the first time ever, the more experienced builder. It was cool to show Matt all the techniques I picked up over the years, and to summon the eclectic characters I learned them from. 1001 ways to impose your will on recalcitrant wood, that’s pretty much what this all boils down to.

Free & proud

High Altitude Siding

It’s hard to muster the resolve to spend a day doing acrobatics on ladders, but once things are underway, you get in the groove and it’s actually pleasant. Still, I definitely earned my beer today.

Fighting recalcitrant boards as always.


Cutting station visitor


I’m finally closing the rakes, and I’m finishing the wall how I started it: with meshing to prevent insect from going behind the siding but allow for air circulation.


The last piece!


This section is very hard to get to, stuck between 2 roofs.


In fact at a certain height, I can only reach everything by adopting body positions which are not ladder approved. At that point I grab my harness and trusty GriGri.


Tethered to some dead weight on the other side of the house.

It’s always super nice up there, the trees around the house are really growing.

Deck & Siding

I finished the deck railing, and I started siding more of the house.

Furring before siding, this side of the house gets full sun, I want an air gap between it and the siding. An air gap that allows for circulation too.


My new favorite tool to cut complex shapes

Starting to look like a real house!

The deck’s been done for a while now, it’s been incredibly nice to have through the Summer.

Moving up in the world with deck furniture! I made sure to catch everyone mid-chew.