As an extension to an existing cart lodge, this multi-species frame provides airy storage for a classic vehicle.  This features a unique truss design and some details taken from the adjacent medieval house.


The primary feature is the centre truss, being a clasp purlin scissor design with double-curved chords. As mentioned in a previous blog post, this is, as far as I know a unique design. Cut from some very special timber held in stock for many years, the double curved timber was very dry and should look great for years to come. The added twist is the purlins are trapped within the rafter joint. The primary rafter then diminishes to the apex and is in the same alignment as the common rafters (medieval origin).


Reflecting the double curved timbers are some triple curved braces in the back wall. Once again from stock of timber we kept back for something special. A simple curved collar and clasp purlin truss made for simple finishing on the gable.

To the left is a traditionally mullioned window, including shutter grooves. (Early medieval hall houses used internal sliding timber shutters rather than glass).


The back wall has dropped tie beam, doubling as a wide shelf. Note that this is a very unusual species – Red Ironwood (Ekki/Azobe). This was reclaimed as was going to be chopped up for firewood. Also used for the common rafters.

The frame includes many other species; Sweet Chestnut braces, Elm studs & Larch weatherboarding.

Update; June 2017. Looking better now that it’s filled with crap!…