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Lighting up the Woodshed

Pictured above is Danny Wicke, an instructorfrom Rural Studio, whohas come over to the UK this week from Alabama to install the Woodshed's light vine. This photograph is probably one of my favourite images of the exhibition so far, and comes courtesy of Laura Southall – our fantastic exhibition assistant. The internal lighting for the structure will provide a striking contrast with the ambient space of the Porter Gallery which we plan to illuminate at a very low level – so both the Rural Studio and Vazio S/A projects will appear like lanterns when visitors walk into this dimly-lit gallery …

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The Woodshed grows and grows…

Huge amounts of progress with Rural Studio's 'Woodhsed' in the Porter Gallery. The structure consists of 49 frames, or bents – all concatenated together into an 'extruded' shed; by Friday we should have all 49 bents in place. All that remains for next week is the 'light vine' which Danny Wicke (instructor from Rural Studio) is flying over from Alabama to install. This interior lighting feature will create a wonderfully delicate immersive environment when visitors step inside the structure – and will present quite a stark contrast to the charred, raw surface of the exterior facades. http://www.vimeo.com/12375552

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The Rural Studio ‘Woodshed’ arrives…

Today, Green Oak Carpentry Co., the team responsible for building the Rural Studio 'Woodshed', arrived at the V&A – and they have already made an amazing amount of progress. We're really pleased with the charring effect that the Green Oak team have achieved on the timber – a process of traditional burning, finished with a layer of shellac. The original wood grain stands out beautifully. The structure consists of a number of 'bents', or frames, which are being assembled on-site in the Porter Gallery, with each element hammered into position. http://www.vimeo.com/11992723 Once a bent is assembled, it is then hoisted …

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Rural Studio – Plywood joint stress tests

The engineering team at University of Bath have just sent us some photographs of their latest stress load tests on this new piece of carpentry technology that they're developing for Rural Studio's '1:1' project. The images above, and directly below, show lots of shearing of wood against wood – and therefore loss of intrinsic strength. The image at the bottom shows the solution they are going to propose for the Rural Studio 'Woodhsed' – a highly compressed birch plywood joint with the same tensile strength of steel – and which shows minimal shearing, and therefore increased strength and stability. It's …

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Rural Studio – visit to Green Oak Carpentry

Andrew Freear, Director of Rural Studio, flew in to the UK today from Alabama (after a short detour to Florence). Andrew and I travelled down to Hampshire to visit Green Oak Carpentry, the contractors who will be building the Rural Studio 'Woodshed' for the exhibition. We went down and spent the day at one of their barns, so that Andrew (below, on right) could take a look at the timber that Green Oak have sourced for the structure. One of the key aspects of the project is that the Woodshed will be constructed entirely from forest thinnings (trees removed from …

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