Took a slight detour whilst staying with friends in Hackney to see another of the worlds tallest buildings. This time 'Stadhaus' in Murray Grove. The building has been assembled using a unique structural system pioneered by KLH of Austria. Nine floors of cross laminated solid timber panels form a cellular structure of timber load bearing walls, including all stair and lift cores. With timber floor slabs, it is the tallest pure timber building in the world.
Finally achieved a long held ambition to learn how to construct traditional green oak framed buildings. Working with 8 others at the Woodland Enterprise Centre we built an oak framed building in 5 days, using traditional joinery techniques that have been used for hundreds of years. I have built plenty of timber framed buildings but have never used this ancient technique with green oak. Save a bit of grunt, hand tools and a plumb bob are all that is required. Marvellous!
Scenic carpentry is often fast and furious and being given 5 hours to make a lorry cab from a pile of plywood and 2x1 for 10 'O' Clock Live on channel 4 is definitely up there. Have also been up at Elstree Studios constructing a game for 'A League Of Their Own' shown on Sky 1HD
Mostly cabinet making in the workshop. Except when fitting......
Not exactly the month for roofing but managed to find a weather window to strip a customers roof, lay new felt and retile. Have also been milling timber I felled in the winter of 2008. Including ash, oak, walnut and beech. Will now be staring at it wondering what to make with it.
December 22nd 2011:
Just back from Dubai where I have been building part of the new Airbus A380 in a film studio. Didn't see much other than hotel, studio, hotel, studio etc, but did get to see the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa which I couldn't fit all of in my camera frame!