A Machine for Living In

In a world of new technologies and conveniences, architects thrive to design buildings and homes that are thrilling and full of imagination and artistry. We no longer build to connect the human to God but more to the humans’ ability … Read More >>

HEIHO of the Carpenter

Heiho means, the way. The way of the Carpenter. In the classic text of Samurai Sword Strategy, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, he describes the Carpenter as the greatest strategist of all.

Musashi said that the master

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Common Hardwood Stair Treads

Hardwoods, both domestic and exotic have always been a favorite among stair part purchasers. Generally speaking, the more common species of stair treads in the Portland area are Red Oak, White Oak, American Cherry and Fir. In addition, there are … Read More >>

Hard vs. Soft wood

Hardwood: Trees that lose their leaves in the fall. Classifying a wood as hardwood or softwood does not indicate “hardness”. For instance, balsa wood, which is extremely light and soft, is technically a hardwood. Maple, Oak and Cherry are among … Read More >>