Daniel Lloyd-Jones

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I live in Arkansas with my wife. We are developing a wooded property full of rock and ponds. I am an "older" student studying Civil Engineering. I want to blend technical scientific knowledge with traditional building techniques.
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Jeremy, Thanks a lot. It was a lot of fun and we were really happy with how the posts came out. I would absolutely love to do full length posts at some point in the future. That could possibly the next addition. I think it would be really hard to do that on long roundwood pieces but next time I am planning on using ones that have been sawn on one edge. The full round was just too much work. Cheers!
9 months ago
I started a roundwood timber build a year ago. Its a lot of work but we have the frame done. I just posted this video on the plinth stone foundation.  

Thought you guys might enjoy it.

9 months ago
I give this book 8 out of 10 acorns. It is a really good book on a not super researched topic. Earth sheltered houses are not super common but John Hait's book goes another level discussing how to stay cool in winter and warm in summer. I learned a lot from this book. The only reason I took of two acorns is because it is a very labor intensive building method in order to achieve this. Also, I would have like a bit more actual examples of where this has been implemented and worked. I do think the book is excellent overall and a very interesting subject. Lots of detail and good explanations.
1 year ago
I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns. It is super informative on the biological processes that are occurring in a natural pond. It also goes into depth as to how to actually build a pond that will be very healthy and not need any special filtration or other means of cleaning the water. I am so glad there is a book like this out there. My only things I would have wanted is a bit about how to improve ponds that already exist and also more info on ponds without a plastic liner.

Overall, a great book. You will learn a lot.
1 year ago

John Visser wrote:primarily do squared timber framing, is round wood pretty similar or would you say it is more difficult?

Hey there. As someone doing roundwood framing. I would say it is more difficult. Just having to work with something that is not perfectly square and having to cut into round ends in order to create all of your joints adds another level of complexity and effort. I think James Mitchells The Art of Modular Post and Beam has been one of the better references I have found. Hope this helps!
Hey there. My wife and I have been working on a roundwood timber frame all summer with a plinth stone foundation. We have 2 by 10s set every 16 inches for the floor joists and are looking at the best way to insulate. We recently came across a friend who has a connection for structurally insulated panels that are mostly used in commercial warehouses and at a very affordable price. They are basically polyiso sandwiches between two sheets of metal. We were thinking about using this for the floor on top of the joists and also for the roof. The r=values are about 8.5 per inch and go from 2 inches to 8 inches thick. Any thoughts/ reservations? Anyone have experience using this material? I know the material offgases for a year and all of these panels have been sitting for about a year. I only am thinking about using them for the floor and roof and want to do slipstraw and plaster for the walls of the house. Your information/knowledge would be much appreciated before I make the plunge! Thanks.
An 89 year old man goes into confession and he says to the priest, "Father I have sinned." The priest replies, "What do you have to confess my son?" The old man says, "Well I went to a bar and I met this absolutely stunning 23 year old woman and to my surprise she was totally into me. So much in fact later we went back to my place and we had sex. We actually ended up having sex three times." The priest says, " This is a very egregious sin my son. Please do 15 hail Mary's and give a donation to the church." The old man replies, "Well, I'm sorry but I'm not going to do that." The priest says, "Why?" The old man says, "Well I'm not actually catholic." The priest says, "Then why did you come here to confess?" The old man replies, " Because I'm telling everybody."
2 years ago
Very cool what you are working on. I really appreciate you being consistent with your posting. Seems like you have some nice solid trees on your property. I don't know if this is of use to you in the coming steps but this is how my wife and I peel the logs we harvest from our property. We use a sharpened paint scraper. It works really well though it is still pretty labor intensive work. Getting a log on a higher platform would make it easier on the back. Here is a link to the video we made on our log peeling method. Hopefully it's helpful to you.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhywbS4roMM
I am in NW Arkansas as well. I have been on an offgrid homestead started as raw lang 2.5 years ago. Have yet to use much cob. Only for a small test project of a rocket stove. Are you still planning on doing the workshop? Sounds like fun. My wife and I would be interested in attending. a
2 years ago
Hey guys. I am always thinking about natural and alternative building techniques and wanted to pick y'all's brains about an idea that popped into my head today. What's your thoughts on foundation for a timber frame structure that was half of a plastic barrel with a rock in the bottom then the beam is set vertically on the rock with some screws in it going out in all directions then you pack gravel around it. The frame would then be tied into some heavy weight to guard against tornadoes. There could be drainage holes in the bottom of the barrel to allow any water that may condensate to leave. My thought would be that the barrel could be inset into the ground if it had to be for the frost line, etc. I thought this solution could make it so the log would last a really long time because it doesn't have direct moisture contacting the log and there's space for it to dry out easily. Thoughts? Do you think the log would rot out easily?
3 years ago