Photos for Sale at K2

I’m very excited to announce that several prints from my Forest Abstracts series are now hung and for sale at K2, a modern home furnishings store in downtown Asheville! This is the first time I’ve made large prints of my work, and the first time I’ve made them available in a retail outlet.
I designed and built a frame using salvaged barnwood and a nice clean shadowline detail.
What do you think?

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New Pocket Office in the Works

I’m feeling inspiration to develop a new pocket shelter model. This time, instead of a tiny house, I’m thinking about a small work studio.
It will be 12′ x 12′ x 12′ in order to be small enough to not require a building permit. This helps keep the costs down and also allows for a little creativity in the structural system, which in turns affects the architectural expression.
I’m working on the design right now and am pretty excited about how it’s shaping up. More to come…

Spring Forward

As the trees put out their new growth and the colors of the forest begin to emerge once again, I find myself exploring new pathways, new energies, new collaborations. The major projects of last year, the timber frame pavilion and the garage renovation, are finally complete and I’m exploring what’s next.

Sweetwater Farm Schematic Site Plan

My family is exploring the purchase of a 16 acres horse farm in Swannanoa, NC, adjacent to Warren Wilson College. As a part of the exploration, I developed a conceptual site plan based on converting the use of the land from pasture to orchards, gardens and food forest or edible forest gardens.

The organizing principle revolves around establishing a ‘home zone’ around the main house and adjacent outdoor spaces, circled by a row of planted trees. Three additional zones or rings radiate out from this central space to create a framework to develop gardens, orchards, food forests and reforestation areas over time. The site plan represents thinking on the time-scale of forest, allowing for an organic unfolding of development, responding to the needs of the land and the people inhabiting it.

Changes

my workshop and studio will be seeing some big changes in the next couple of months. the building that houses my shop in downtown asheville has come under the scrutiny of the city and is not up to fire code. the upgrades necessary to achieve compliance are expensive and not in my plans to undertake. relocation of the workshop is still up in the air. i’ll be creating my new office/design studio at home in west asheville, using a salvaged shipping container as the shell. stay posted for status reports and updates.

the pocket shelter prototype (ps1) is almost finished and will also move home to west asheville once completed. i’ll be posting updated photos and details soon.

on salvage

as i continue to explore designing around and building with salvaged materials, i continue to bump up against both the synergy and magic that can arise as well as the challenges and conundrums. now that the siding is installed on the two long walls of ps1, i feel pretty wowed by how beautiful and special salvaged wood, specifically, can be. but i also feel challenged by how much extra time in sourcing, processing, processing, processing, and using salvaged wood has added to the construction timeline.

it gives me insight into why so many building materials end up in the construction dumpsters… it’s not necessarily because folks don’t care about resource use and conservation. often there simply isn’t the budget to pay for the labor required to manage and process leftovers, scraps, recyclables and the like.

likewise, though the salvaged wood and other materials certainly exist to make a bigger showing in our buildings, construction projects, and the built environment; folks who hire craftspeople and workers to realize building projects have a hard time justifying the extra costs incurred in the extra labor to their clients. so, cheaper, more easily available and dimensionally reliable materials get chosen and used. the savings can be significant.

i would estimate that my choice to use solely salvaged wood for the exterior siding and trim added approximately 2-3 weeks to the project so far. of course, i’m doing all the work myself, which affords me a bit of luxury here. which is fortunate because i think the extra effort is well worth it. the results speak for themselves. the texture, beauty and uniqueness of these old growth timbers and boards, with their telltale radial saw marks, paint traces and stains add a quality to this pocket shelter’s appearance and feeling that is hard to put a price tag on.

whether or not the next pocket shelter will get the same 100% salvage treatment for it’s cladding will depend on the desires and values of whoever ends up commissioning ps2.