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TRhe chalet garden center projectChalet Garden Center

Dear Cloud:
We want to express our appreciation for the role that Bear Creek Lumber played in making the Chalet Garden Center project a success for all concerned. The 50,000 board-feet of old-growth heartwood, heart center rough-sawn Cedar timbers (shown to the left) were the appropriate grade and texture for the setting. The squared ends in particular were helpful in speeding our work. We also appreciated your organization of efficient transport of the timber, which consisted of three truckloads and was delivered in a timely manner so we could stay on schedule. We thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to doing business with you again.
Kevin Newman

Below: Two more views of the Nursery. Click on the images to view more detail.

another image of the chalet centeran image fo the nursery

Column detailof the arborsThe Marianetti Project

Timbers / cedar supplied by Bear Creek Lumber
Mr. Deck was the Designer and Builder for this project
Thank you Mr. Deck (Robert Hauck) for your pictures and text.
All pictures and text are Copyright Mr. Deck 1998

This Mr. Deck project site is located in an agriculture greenbelt south of Silicon Valley between San Martin and Gilroy, CA. The setting is country-gentry living, and the architectural style is neo-Spanish. The arbors are constructed entirely from rough-cut premium-grade cedar timbers supplied by Bear Creek Lumber. The project consists of two identical shadestructures at opposite ends of a large swimming-pool patio. Both arbors are stained two-toned (transparent California Rustic and Canary) to highlight the natural wood-grain and amplify the details.

view of the arbors and poolAt first glance, the arbors' design appears to be one of those Stack-of-Stacks structures criticized in the Critiques. However, these arbors handle the columns and beams in an entirely different manner. The major beams are pierced by minor beams. Moreover, the minor beams are pierced by 3- inch diameter cedar lock-pins front and aft of each major beam. Both the major and minor beams are undercut with broad arches, having a style popular in 18th century Spanish architecture. The support columns are decorated with canary-stained recessed panels on all four faces. Each column is topped with a hefty capital and collar, and anchored with a robust 10-inch high base. All of these column elements were glued together with polysulfide caulk. The only fasteners even close to a nail were 1.5 inch pin-brads, used in the trim-strips just to keep the pieces in place until the caulk stiffened. The capitals, collars and bases are held together with just the caulk. Not one nail was used in either arbor's fabrication, anywhere. Of course in the connections of column-to-beam, joist-to-beam, and canopy's topmost lath, all the fasteners are zinc-plated bolts, ranging from 3/8 inch to 7/8 inch in diameter. Yet as is customary with Mr.Deck's arbors, no screw, bracket or bolt is visible anywhere!

This rustic construction is quite a departure from our usual more finished arbor-style.It was designed with the owners' insistence that it be reminiscent of California's earlier days. In light of today's fast-paced work-styles in bustling Silicon Valley, and the fact that a home in the country offers the ideal sanctuary, there was a serious interest in recapturing the look and feel of a more leisurely era. Swinging under one of these vast shade arbors in a large hammock with a warm breeze blowing across the valley is just the ready remedy the owners were seeking. What a great life!

4x4 and 4x6 rough sawn timbers
Left: 4x4 and 4x6 Select Appearance Rough Sawn Timbers, used for door, window and corner trim. Also shown is 18" Heacy Fire Treated Roof Shakes