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Using freshly cut trees for wofati/oehler construction

 
Jon Piper
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I'm sure it's preferable to use nice dry wood for any type of construction, but that seems like it would set construction back, oh, a few years...

Being impatient, Is it ok for me to use logs soon after cutting? How soon is acceptable? Are there any additional steps I can take to compensate? Is there a particular component of construction I would want to make sure to have dry (posts/beams/sheathing)?

Thanks for your input... ya'll are the only people i know to ask...
 
nathan luedtke
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In Paul's most recent podcast (with Maddie Harland), they discuss the relative merits of green vs dry wood construction. Maddie makes the point that Ben Law, noted UK woodsman, builds his polewood houses with fresh cut trees, which then shrink while drying. That shrinkage causes them to tighten up around the pegs and joints, making for a more stable structure (also known as a "cruck frame"). You might want to read up on Ben Law's roundwood construction techniques to see how he deals with these issues. Ben Law is a GENIUS and inspiration, what a fascinating man and a wonderful way to make a living.

Paul makes the point that green wood is HEAVY.
 
Tom Jonas
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The old-timers, according to my grandpa and a bit of my own experience, preferred green wood. Green wood is easier to cut. Most post and beam guidelines take into account green wood. Use what you have and when you have it, and don't worry. Read a bit of Ted Benson's work if you need confirmation.
 
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