Expert craftsmen from Blue Ridge Timberwrights arrived last Tuesday, September 6 to build the frame of the Washington house. This collection of photographs documents the first week of their work and begins with pictures of the finished concrete cradle and Aquia sandstone blocks ready to serve as the foundation for the timber frame. Over the past several months, the wood for the frame was carpentered in the Blue Ridge Timberwrights’ shop before being brought to Ferry Farm and pieced together to form the house. Timber framing work will continue for another few weeks.
The concrete cradle and stone foundation…
…awaits the timber frame.
Hand-carved sandstone blocks
Inside the Washington House cellar, new foundation stones rest on top of the original stones.
Timbers arrive from Blue Ridge Timberwrights in Christiansburg.
Placing a beam.
Checking the plans.
Placing a floor joist.
Refining a cut.
A section of completed floor joists.
Placing the first vertical post.
Checking a measurement.
Wall framing for the front portion of the house is nearly complete.
Early in the timber framing process.
Marking the measurement.
Learn more about constructing the Washington house interpretive replica here, here, and here.