In the past two parts of my timberframing primer, I wrote about theory, layout and some joinery. In this post, I'm going to talk a little bit about the raising of the 10 x 8 shed we built (mostly - we didn't get to the rafters). The first thing to know is that raising is a community event. It takes a bit of group strength and coordination to lift hundreds of pounds of hemlock into position safely - our instructors were extremely experienced in handling structures much larger than our shed.
- One person is in charge and everyone listens to him/her.
- Don't lift if you don't have to. (use crowbars and levers when possible)
- Don't lift timbers alone. Ever.
I'll wrap up with some photos that tell the rest of the story.