Tree House Number 2: Tree carving and cross beams

The first things to note are:

a) these trees were due to be cut down completely,

b) instead we coppiced them at 5 metres,

c) these trees are fairly indestructible – witness the new growth on 9 out of 10 trees,

d) these trees are ‘weeds’, ie an imported species that spreads uncontrollably.

The trees were deliberately planted at nice 2m spacing, but off to the sides you can see growth from many new seedlings. Again, if you cut down the seedling the roots survive and grow a new tree!

Current avenue of coppiced trees

Current avenue of coppiced trees

 

Delight and Didymus survey the challenge

Edmore and Didymus survey the challenge

By carving out recesses to support the cross beams the load is transferred to the tree and not carried by the steel pins.

Tree carving commences

Tree carving commences

 

While Edmore manufactures some pins

While Edmore manufactures some pins

 

and sharpens them

and sharpens them

Delight checks that our foundations are level

Delight checks that our foundations are level

 

some of our tools on this job

some of our tools on this job

 

The team carving holes for the short supporters

The team carving holes for the short supporters

Didymus and team

Didymus and team

The short supporter position

The short supporter position

 

supporter

supporter

 

Edmore carving

Edmore carving

 

Troutbeck Lake with low cloud

Troutbeck Lake with low cloud

Although the trees were planted in a curve and are not of equal girth we are aiming for 90 degree corners to make the wall construction simpler.

Delight checking we are square

Delight checking we are square

The load is passed down to the tree through the cross beams and braces.

Cross beams and short supporters in place

Cross beams and short supporters in place

Doggy picture …

Barcus airborne while leading Julien

Barcus airborne while leading Julien

 

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