Following on from last year's successful TOG Boathouse project in Tiree, another member of our Technical team has returned from an educational, hands-on experience at TOG 2014. Phase two was the biggest and most ambitious Tog Studio project to date, with the extension more than doubling the size of the original Boathouse building which is used by local charity, The Tiree Maritime Trust.
With the main structure complete and the frame erected by Tuesday evening, it was over to team two to test their practical construction skills. Our very own James Mcdonnell used his cladding expertise to his advantage and he assures us that he was instrumental throughout the build process. We are still awaiting verification of this, as he somehow managed to evade the majority of photographs which were tweeted throughout the week!
The design team decided that Phase two was to be an extension of the original boat house; however they wanted it to be easily distinguished from the original. To complement the existing Siberian Larch cladding which has weathered beautifully over the past year, it was decided that this year’s donation of Russwood Siberian Larch would be charred onsite using a custom built fire-pit.
James’s initial doubts about “setting fire” (his words) to such a naturally beautiful product were soon forgotten, he said, “although a very different look to the weathered timber, the charring process has produced a stunning effect - emphasising the grain of the Siberian Larch boards. The charring process is exceptionally labour intensive however it has resulted in an attractive finish. We look forward to seeing how the cladding weathers in the long term.”
Russwood would like to thank Michael, Lynn and the Tog team for their time, hospitality and efforts - we applaud them on getting the project completed on time and to such a high quality finish!
We are excited to see what’s in store for Tog 2015!
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