By Bethany Faubion, Wood-Mizer Contributing Author
Sawmill: LT40 Super Hydraulic with Shingle/Lapsider and EG200 Twin Blade Edger
Blades: Wood-Mizer RazorTip Sawmill Blades
By The Numbers: 12’ x 16’ structure - 4,000 board feet of white pine, white oak, and yellow pine - 100% of project completed with Wood-Mizer sawn lumber - 6 weeks to complete - $4,000 saved
Every project begins with a dream. For Ralph Aartun, that dream was a timber frame display to capture the elegant, natural beauty of the structures he could build. Made with a variety of locally sourced woods including white pine, white oak, and yellow pine, Ralph finished the display with notching and mortise & tenon, and installed it in the beautiful mountains of Pickens, South Carolina.
Ralph owns the generational business Table Rock Timber Frames. He works with his two sons, Johannes and Aaron, to continue the legacy Ralph’s father left from crafting windows and doors in Norway. They value quality craftsmanship and build every project to the highest degree of precision and excellence. This timber frame display is no exception. “Customers are always overwhelmed by the beauty of this project,” said Ralph. “We’ve had numerous requests to use it for wedding photos and even weddings.” Ralph plans to use the display to educate his clients on the methodology of building timber frame displays and help them visualize their own custom project options.
To build the display, Ralph and his sons worked together to harvest logs and mill timber with an LT40 Super Hydraulic sawmill equipped with Wood-Mizer RazorTip sawmill blades. The Aartun family was able to complete the project in just six weeks and saved over $4,000. “The mill allowed us to customize each timber and fully embrace our creative ideas,” said Ralph. Those creative ideas are easily noticed in the small, unique details of the building, such as the spectacular red oak sunburst paneling design.
The finished dimensions of the project measures 12' x 16'. Every inch of the truss, shakes, rafters, flooring, beams, and more was completed with 100% of timber milled on their Wood-Mizer sawmill. “Having the Wood-Mizer mill on site made the entire process not only feasible, but also facilitated the construction with its simplicity and efficiency,” said Ralph. The Aartun family is especially excited to showcase their beautiful wood structure to potential clients. “This project will allow us to display our exceptional craftsmanship,” said Ralph. “The variety of textured finishes demonstrates the versatility of our Wood-Mizer mill along with the advantages of various techniques employed to accommodate the needs of our clients.”
Ralph is limitless when it comes to his creativity and craftsmanship. Table Rock Timber Frames projects range from covered bridges and shelter houses to indoor and outdoor furniture and practically any custom request. The timber frame display is just a sample of the magnitude of projects Ralph can beautifully design and construct while carrying on his long-family tradition of woodworking.
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