Our workshop was one of the first buildings we built here in Homer. I was inspired to create the arched hammer-beam roof structure by a frame made by Ed Levin for artist blacksmith Dimitri Gerakaris in New Hampshire. ( It’s the black and white image towards the top of the linked page.
I was lucky enough to see it during construction while visiting a friend I’d met at Pond Farm Potter School. Later, I saw the same shop in books on timber framing.
When it came time to build my studio, I read a few of Ed Levins’s articles in the Timber Framer’s Guild publications, where he discussed the necessary buttressing of a hammer-beam arch.
Based on his recommendations, I created a double post buttress with top and bottom braces, which resisted the forces on the hammer-beam brace and supported a large cantilever for the principal rafter.
In turn, it’s an inspiring place to work and create my art.