Arches


Cottage Arch

That is the arch over on of the doorways in our tiny cottage. I do a lot of arches. They are inherently strong. They are long lasting. They are elegant. I love arches.
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The roof of our cottage is a barrel vault arch. The ceilings of almost all of the rooms of our butcher shop are arches

There are two exceptions, the 20′ high ceiling in the kill floor and the 10′ high ceiling of the administration storage loft. I figured after having done so many arches I should do a couple flat ceiling. Just for the heck of it. I mean, how could I say I’ve lived if I hadn’t ever poured a 16’x16′ flat inverted truss ceiling 20′ up in the air capable of taking 65,000 lbs of dynamic stress in the middle. Gotta do everything once. Or twice, thus the Admin loft ceiling for repetition.

When I went to do the the trim for the doorways in the administration section of the butcher shop I did some jack arches and flat arches. I don’t have flat arches, in my feet – fortunately, but a few of the doorways do above the doors. These are on the inspector’s office window and the east-west doorways. It gives a pleasing visual. For the north south doorways at the ends of the main hall I went back to arced arches, specifically segmented arches in this case, to match the shape of the catenary arch of the hall ceiling.


Bezier Curved

So if your kids ever ask what good is math you can point them to interesting projects like this basalt bezier balconey. [1, 2]

Fun with geometry.

Outdoors: 54°F/34°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

Daily Spark: “I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they’d never expect it.” -Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts

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About Walter Jeffries

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One Response to Arches

  1. Nance says:

    I’ve been captivated with your construction details including the barrel vault ceiling. I did not, however, understand the strength of such until last week when I toured the Spanish Fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, at St. Augustine, Florida. Indestructible. or almost.

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