Mike Schaefer, Art Appelgren, family & friends
Timber Frame HQ
Following a one week timber framing workshop at CSU, I designed and built some heavy sawhorses, then the TFHQ swing set, and on to the 20×20′ King Post with Shed Roof Plan, which I modified to become a 20×25′ open Party Pavilion. The project took 18 months, working part time. I took delivery of about $11k worth of cypress, fresh cut from “de swomps” of Louisiana and went to work with my hand tools. Along the way I discovered the need for a lot of bigger tools and a few replacement timbers as the lessons accumulated.
I had the help of my wife, Ellen, our sons Chris and David, and a host of friends and neighbors. Got plenty of advice from Brice along the way. I needed some expertise for final fitting and the raising, so I got Art Appelgren of Twisted Timber frame to spend several days helping and supervising. Finished the frame with a 2×6 tongue & groove ceiling and a standing seam metal roof.
Went full cycle from “I can do anything” to “I may be in over my head” to “What was I thinking” to “I’m sure glad I did this!”.
Now it’s party time at the Schaefer Party Pavilion!