Saturday, November 30, 2013

Some snow... and...

Just some pictures of the progress on the recent project.
We have most of the windows in and the house wrap on.
timber frame, SIP walls, tyvek, Ely mn,

Ely Minnesota, integrity window, log beam, timberframe

Ely Minnesota, integrity windows, SIP walls

SIP wall, timber frame, Ely Minnesota, Huisman
 Here we have the screen porch roof built:
Screen porch, tyvek, timber frame, ely mn huisman

These pictures were taken over a week ago.
This week was a bit slow with the holiday and all.
As of right now, we have a few inches of snow that appears to be staying. We have had a couple slightly below zero mornings and the ground is pretty well frozen at the surface.

The larger parts of Burntside lake froze over on Thanksgiving night.
That is usually a significant event. Winter is here.


I've heard something about a lot of shopping going on today and yesterday and some parades. I don't know what that is all about. It seems like just another winter coming in Ely, albeit just a tad early.

There are, of course, lots of places to shop and hang out in Ely, but one place that intrigues me greatly is a new store on Central called Legacy Toys. I have been driving by every day watching it go together and there is some part of me from way way back that makes me want to stop and take a look.
 Here is their facebook page.
I like to see good folks starting new business here in Ely, (and there are lots of them). That one looks fun. I hope they do well.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

A completed project, pencil rendering, "The Catcher"...

Some projects are like a good book... you can't wait to get it done bit it leaves you not knowing where to turn next...
This is a snapshot in time from the 2013 Ely Minnesota VFW baseball season. A classic pause between batters, a warm sunny summer day, an adjustment of the face-mask and helmet, wipe a little sweat from the brow... Next batter...
pencil drawings, renderings, John Huisman, baseball, Ely MN
"The Catcher", a moment in time from the Ely VFW 2013 season. 16"x20" pencil on paper.
Stories in renderings by John Huisman

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Shots from the past, Ely bandshell construction in Whiteside park, Ely MN

I was going though some old pictures the other day and came across these. They are some shots someone took of the Ely Bandshell in Whiteside Park as we were putting it together.

The timeliness of coming across these pictures now is interesting... Over this winter or in the spring we will be doing some needed repair work on this building as well as the other two log buildings in the park so the bandshell had been on my mind a bit lately.

I don't know the exact year, must be mid to late 1990s... All I know is that is a much younger me in those pictures...

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That is Richard Howe on the loader. He was one of the few guys with a loader truck that was crazy enough to do some of the things we asked of him. This project was fairly simple though, middle of town, flat ground all around the building and no snow. All of these things are rare for so many of the projects I have worked on over the years.
Whiteside park, log bandshell, ely MN huisman
Mike in the foreground, me on the far end, setting the log in place and getting it seated properly.

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The top logs with the beam going across. I'm sure we were pausing to discuss something important here.

John Huisman, loader, logs ely mn whiteside park, bandshell
Richard was a great loader operator, but I'm not so sure I would be getting that close if this were happening today.

Whiteside park, bandshell summer 2013, ely mn , Huis
The building as it stands today. Needs a new roof and re-staining. There are some logs that have begun to rot because of the lack of protection from the weather. I don't know anything of the design process on this building, I think I was actually subcontracting the construction from Bissonnett Log Construction who had the main contract with the city... I can't really remember. There has been some controversy I have heard about the positioning of it looking in to the sun in the evening, (that is the reason for the tarp hanging in front), and getting the brunt of the weather blowing in from the south west, but at that time I was not involved in any political stuff in Ely so I really don't know... Looking back from where I sit now... well, let's just say I'm not surprised things didn't happen quite the way they should have. It is the nature of humans to form councils and committees and boards that seem to have no real purpose other than to insure that things don't go quite the way they should... But enough of that. The bandshell has been heavily used over the years. I have sat in the grass on many occasion listening to music there on beautiful summer days that can only happen in Ely... Whiteside park continues to be a beautiful place in the middle of town.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

...the SIP panel installation...

Here are some pictures of the structural  insulated panels, (SIPS), going on to the timber frame:

Timber frame, Ely MN, john huisman
They are not extremely heavy but most of them are a bit much for three guys to handle efficiently... a crane makes the process much easier.

Structural insulated panel, SIP, cranes installation, Huisman
The wall panels are all in place here

Huisman, custom home construction, Ely, MN, minnesota,
Swinging the roof panels over with the crane...

Crane installing SIPs on a timber frame home near ely mn, huisman
...and setting them in place...

John Huisman, pictures, timber frame home, Ely MN
The panels are all in place here, ready for sub-fascia and roofing...
Feels like winter is setting in now with the change in the clocks... darkness starts setting in about 4:30... Today was another exceptionally nice day, high in the mid 40s, but we all know what is coming...