Timber for the pavilion were purchased from a nearby town and arrived the next day. The carpenter and us started working on the actual joints of the pavilion inside the Guest House. The finished timber joints could be transported onto site for assembly.
Final timber columns. All timber pieces are made in the Guest House.
It was difficult communicating with the carpenters and the mock up test, although it did demonstrate the timber joints and techniques, the directions and orientations of the tenon joints were not as we have directed. In other words, the drawings on paper failed as a method of communication with the carpenters. As a result, we moved to build a quick physical model with chopsticks in order to fully illustrate our design. This proved to be an extremely useful tool for designers and constructors to speak the same language.
Joining mortise and tenon.
Joining two pieces of tenon – we requested to test out this detail as some of the timber we purchased might be too thin and need to be joined together.
To start off, we wanted to make a small timber mock up to ensure that we are on the same page with the carpenters in terms of construction techniques and design. It was also an opportunity for him to show us how traditional joints are being made.
Carpenters discussing over drawings that we have made. We wanted to ensure that the direction, angle, height and position of the mortise are right. We made drawings of each joint, elevations and plans of the entire design and printed them off on paper to show to the carpenters.
Communication is very important with the carpenters in order to firstly learn from them and also to ensure that the designs that we want are fully communicated with them. We sat down with them to speak about the designs of the pavilion.
Sitting down with the carpenter and bricklayers and discussions over our design.
A mock up model of the double curvature roof that we wanted to incorporate into the pavilion. Discussions over how to construct this with the villagers.
Working inside the Guest House, we were able to simply lift our heads to find illustrations of the different types of joints.
A list of the traditional tools used for carpentry.
The construction began with firstly making a working bench out of the timbers that we have.
We also got our hands dirty.
A small group of us left to nearby villages and towns to source for timber. We were able to find a regional timber quality controls office which then directed us to a timber factory/warehouse and termite experts from the city. We were able to find the appropriate type of timber and make our orders. Also we brought the termite expert to the Guest House and site to examine the termite situation. Some suggestions were given on treatment and prevention.
Regional office for timber control – discussions with the officer.
The type of timber, its treatment, size, quality and location were some of the factors considered during material selection.