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best Christmas present ever.

December 25th, 2012 by

His first serious project built in the woodworking studio he put together here in order to build wonderful things for our new home: a beautiful small desk for me, of walnut and ash, to set my laptop on and write when I visit his shop.  The only present I can imagine bringing more tears to my eyes (he also put together the gorgeous curved ornament stand on top of this desk) will be next year, when we have Christmas in our new home.  He even covered that with a printout of a SketchUp.  NOW I know where he’s been these long hours…

Graphic of soon-to-be home

Virtual Christmas card for next year.

Beautiful wooden desk

merry holiday celebrating from Fred

December 23rd, 2012 by

Hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it?  In retrospect, I wish I’d hung a wreath from someplace on our rapidly-growing home–there is no front door, as yet, to hook it onto, but someplace…ah well.

It’s been a while since I posted exterior shots, so herewith: what ahnF is resembling these days.  He’s got a nice face, don’t you think?  And if anyone doubted this house would be Modern, with a capital M…or is that Contemporary with a capital C?…these shots of the garage wall and my lovely tall L-shaped kitchen window trio should put those doubts to bed like a little kid on Christmas Eve.Garage wall, from the west.

The kitchen "L" window

From the inside, it’s my first initial.

Fred exterior as of December 23, 2012

Looking more and more house-like, eh?

steel, meet wood…at oblique angles

December 10th, 2012 by

So this photo deserves its own single post.  I took this shot just to show how very much is going on in our framing; you see two steel girders here, meeting at the low point of our cantilevered shed roof.  There’s also metal holding the multiple layers of wood framing when the dropped roof continues out onto the deck (where one wall is tapered) and, in the lower right, the corner of a window.

No, we couldn’t do your basic square-shapes-right-angles house.  In the first place, neither of us does anything in a standard way; I mean, an AARP-card-carrying grad student?  A NASCAR-loving Mensa-qualified technogeek woodworker?  You see what I mean.  We’re not normal.  So our house isn’t going to be one of your basic boxes.

And you won’t see this stuff in a couple weeks, when the drywall goes in, so I thought I’d share this now.

joint with steel girder and wood framing

Steel meets wood and gets into a detailed discussion