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Beau Davidson and the PTJ team warmly invite you to join them for the construction of the Giant Roundwood Grape Arbor. Get up close and personal with the intricacies of traditional woodworking techniques and innovative joinery methods. Gain insights into the crafting process as Beau elaborates on the design challenges and solutions, such as the use of gravity-locked dovetail joints to ensure stability and aesthetic appeal. This movie is a highlight of the Permaculture Technology Jamboree at Wheaton Labs, and part of the Low Tech Laboratory 2 movie.

My favorite thing about this movie is sitting in on Paul and Beau's discussion of the various possibilities for the specific joinery.  I love the way they take from an engineering perspective for safety and efficiency, but ultimately proceed as artists, keen to create a lush, multi-functional sunscreen of delicious grapes for the Shop at Wheaton Labs.  Neat!


                                    -B. Johnson

So cool to see the details of the scale model, and fascinating to watch the fine, intricate work with chisel and ryoba on the model give way to large-scale joinery with the electric chainsaw on the massive Arbor.  I think I needed to see the chisel work to understand what Beau was trying to achieve with the chainsaw.


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    I am about to send this email to the folks who have access to this thread:

    Free Stupid Added Bonus Thing.  (Does it suck?  Is it awesome?  Confusing or helpful?  You decide.)

    Howdy!  Hope you're well.  This is Beau.

    You should have received an email from Gir Bot (permies helper robot) yesterday with a link to 50 minutes of raw footage about the giant grape arbor I built at last year's Permaculture Technology Jamboree.  You probably haven't had a chance to watch it yet.  You may not even care 50-minutes-worth, and are satisfied to hold out for the feature-length Low Tech Lab film to be complete soonish.  That is all good!  I am not here in your inbox to twist your arm about that.  I am here in your inbox to twist your arm about another thing.

    I made a stupid animation of the joinery for the giant grape arbor.  Far worse animation than our usual stuff that Andres cooks up.  But I yam what I yam, and it is what it is.

    So I added the stupid animation to the thread for the arbor, here: https://permies.com/arbor.

    Since you own access to the thread already, probably because you backed the Kickstarter at $80 or more, you should now be able to see my stupid animation.

    So I am here to twist your arm to, pretty please with cherries on top, watch my stupid animation, and drop a comment on the thread to tell me if it helps bring clarity to how we designed the joinery for the grape arbor.  Helpful?  Confusing?  Can't read my handwriting?  Ideas for ways to make the final version better?  I am all ears.  Well, and eyes.  Technically I have a nose too, and some other bits & bobs, but you know what I mean.

    It is 1 minute and 49 seconds.  

    I have a slice of PIE for the first 3 commenters.  

    Thanks y'all!  

    Much love,
    Beau



     
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    [Your animation] Makes sense to me, the drainage channel was something I wasn't expecting to see (shows my ignorance)

    Your writing is a bit hard for me to read, but I can imagine a bit more time there would improve things in a big way.

    I appreciated the highlighting and linseed oil markings.
     
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    On rewatching, I appreciated the sounds and how the sequence added to my understanding, too.

    What'd you use to make the animation?

    (I'm not fishing for a second slice of pie, I just had more thoughts)
     
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    Ash Jackson wrote:On rewatching, I appreciated the sounds and how the sequence added to my understanding, too.

    What'd you use to make the animation?



    Cool, yes, the sounds are my hand scribbling and the pen tapping, and the chickens clucking outside my window, sped up to 800%.

    I think the sequence can be optimized, but I am glad to hear it played a part in communicating clearly.  Thanks for that.

    Scribbled on remarkable 2, screen sharing to macbook, screen record with QT.  Make sense?  There are probably 87 fancier ways, but this was simple.  I didn't really think about it capturing sound, but I also didn't bother to mute it on export.  

    (I'm not fishing for a second slice of pie, I just had more thoughts)



    What kind of lure does one use when fishing for pie?
     
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    What kind of lure does one use when fishing for pie?



    Haha! Ummmm, a fork?
     
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    I think the pace of the drawing would have been too fast if I hadn’t seen the construction. Thanks for adding the drawings.
     
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    YES THAT HELPS HOLY SMOKES!!

    I was almost irritated at myself for being so confused, it's a dovetail inside the post itself. The slot to slide it in on post B.
    And the drainage channel, wouldn't have thought of that and then I'd've been sad when everything rotted.

    Animation is extra not stupid, 10/10, thank you!
     
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    Clay McGowen wrote:YES THAT HELPS HOLY SMOKES!!

    I was almost irritated at myself for being so confused, it's a dovetail inside the post itself. The slot to slide it in on post B.
    And the drainage channel, wouldn't have thought of that and then I'd've been sad when everything rotted.

    Animation is extra not stupid, 10/10, thank you!



    I have never before been called extra not stupid!  Yay!
     
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    Beau M. Davidson wrote:I am about to send this email to the folks who have access to this thread:

    Free Stupid Added Bonus Thing.  (Does it suck?  Is it awesome?  Confusing or helpful?  You decide.)
    I have a slice of PIE for the first 3 commenters.  

    Thanks y'all!  

    Much love,
    Beau




    It doesn't suck!  I really like the basis of the animation, just needs a 2nd or 3rd draft.

    It is hard to read your writing when it erases so fast. I can see the keyhole and dovetailed tenon working together to keep things tight. Maybe 3D solid shapes that move together. One of the drawings shows the tenon with a dovetail on it's bottom edge, is that correct? I'd also love to see how to cut the dovetail socket inside the post.
    Thanks,
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    I just watched the movie first to the end - then the animation of the just in how it works.

    I thank you for explaining with the animation - I catch on better with visual helps :D

    I would have not thought about the weep hole - very ingenious to keep rot away.
     
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    The animation is very useful.  I had not noticed that the tenon was dovetailed and wondered why the notch out above.  The Drainage makes a lot of sense.
    As they say - Got it!!
     
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    I didn't watch the big movie, yet.  I started it the other day, but got distracted, as always.  

    My thought is that the animation is helpful.  About half way through the animation, I couldn't understand what was going on.  But, I think I would if I watched the big movie, first.  Or, right along the way with it.  

    The handwriting is a little hard, but if I pause and think, it is fine, I think.  And, if I were to watch this with the big movie, I would be pausing and thinking anyway.  I like the animation because it is like looking at your notes while watching the movie (that I didn't see, yet.  But, I think it is probably going to be similar to other segments done for other parts of the movies, and I am basing it on those.).
     
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    Jennifer Markestad wrote:
    ...I'd also love to see how to cut the dovetail socket inside the post.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer



    I'm with Jennifer at this point!
    Please show us how to do that, Beau.

    Otherwise, cool animation! A little slower would be more pleasant for me.

    Thanks,
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    Take a look at the animations for the dovetail joint:

     
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    The animation is great!  Easy to follow.  I'd make each piece of timber a slightly different shade of "woodtone" though, so that at the ending it is easier to tell where one piece ends and the other begins.  other than that, wonderful!

    Someone mentioned not being able to follow your writing since it disappeared too fast, but I didn't even see any writing!  
     
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    Watch the trailer!

     
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