All of the main posts and beams are "adsed". This is a process of taking a tool that looks like a axe head that is positioned horizontally on it's handle and swinging it between one's feet until the complete timber is carved as showed below.
The braces in the main room are all organically shaped cherry. We utilized "bent" cherry trees which normally would not be used as a saw log product but they if part of a timber harvest would be used as chips. This way we were able to utilize a normal waste product and turn it into a fine piece of almost furniture.
They cherry logs are first sliced in half and them the bark is peeled with a draw knife and chisel. This allows the heart wood and the cambium of the log to show.
After the timbers are either adsed or peeled they are then plane sanded and then a finer hand sanding is done.
We then needed to protect the wood with an sealer. We chose to use an environmentally safe product called BioShield. Each timber will receive four coats of sealer, two before the timber frame gets put together and two after most of the construction work is finished. We chose to use a clear sealer and not to apply any stain to the wood. With a clear finish the natural beauty of the wood is allowed to come through and the different types of wood can be more easily distinguished.