Raising the Roof

The beloved roof… after a very long weekend of working hard, we have come to learn that we need to change the way we fabricate our roof. Our previous method was to turn a panel upside down and lay it flat on the ground; there are some securities to this because it ensures that when … Continue reading

“I trust Dave, in the shop” – Stevie Chen

So it’s Friday, seven more days till our projected completion date of the 14th, and everything is falling into place. Yesterday we started spray painting and priming the door hinges, and have them out to dry. We also are making large strides in the completion of the roof. This is BIG news because we had … Continue reading

Another Day Painting Away

Why did Van Gogh become a painter?  He didn’t have an ear for music!  Well, I don’t know about Van Gogh, but we definitely have music going in the shop these days.  With more and more painting being done and less construction, there is always music going in the background.  Or rather, there was always … Continue reading

We Whistle While we Work

Yesterday, more progress was made in addition to our busy weekend. With some of the more tedious tasks out of the way, work also seems to be moving faster. Just about all of the doors have been painted and most of the trusses have a layer of primer on them. The last of the rafters … Continue reading

As the Semester Begins to Wind Down, We are Working Harder Than Ever

This weekend was EXTREMELY busy!  But as a result we made a ton of progress.  We finished up all of the welding work finally, assembled all of the slats for the doors, milled all of the columns, hip beams, and purlins, started priming and painting all of the steel, and started milling the rafters and … Continue reading

Back to the (Computer) Drawing Board

Any design starts with a set of carefully developed construction documents that show how elements (even down to the fine details) will be built. For the moment, everything seems perfect and all details are solved. Sometimes when you begin fabrication however, you realize that some details may not work as well as originally intended, and … Continue reading

A Little Challenge When Team is About to Accelerate

Not much time left, teamwork is accelerating. Yesterday afternoon, we loaded our wood materials for our poles and rafters, and some paints to the shop. Group one in was working on welding some last few trusses and cutting holes on each of it. Katie and Ed was cleaning and grinding all the door frames that … Continue reading


After the Turkey break, we need “all in” to the studio work. All the team members are grouped up to working on all the work. Steel cutting is finished, welding is ending, wood slats are ready to assembly to the door frame. Doors, slats, trusses… All the things are going well. The “assembly line” is … Continue reading

Human Hole Puncher

While we’ve talked a lot about the welding of the truss together, and the cutting of all the pieces, the last phase involves punching two different types of holes in various places: four to allow for the connection of the roof (top), and eight to allow for the connection to the posts (side). A total … Continue reading

Talk about being Stuffed

After putting long hours in over the weekend…it was nice to have a break, spend sometime with family and eat some yummy food. Well all that is over and its time to burn those holiday calories away. We have much more to do… We need to finish cutting steel for the trusses, edge trim the … Continue reading