I built this frame with Bruce Baker of Rock Mt. Land and Timber. We used locally harvested standing dead Douglas Fir and Western Larch. Both of these species are the hardest of the softwoods used as posts for mine shafts and as railway ties. Fir and larch are almost as strong as oak in compressive strength.
Here we used a king post truss with a wedged half-dovetail to span 26′.
Their son Marsh Murphy is a documentary film maker from Edmonton.
He made this short film of the raising day.
His website is www.radioisboring.com.
The music is by Stephen Hardy,
a piece called ‘Little Cat’.