Meet and greet.

This gazebo is one of my favorite structures in all of Brooklyn. It is a round-wood timber frame constructed entirely of white oak. I have not been able to find much history about who built it or when, or if the timber all came from within the park, but I have a haunch that it did.

I think it is a good place to meet each other, and to talk a little bit about the potential for this group, what you would like to gain from it etc. I will bring some round-wood timber framing tools to show you how they built the gazebo, and give you some sense of the craftsmanship and hard work that went into it. I am happy to see this group grow, please try to make this event. I will schedule a second date for this event for people who can not make the December 1st date.

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  • Craig D.

    Sounds like Dan has a place with good publicity built in. 496 acres is a great resource, but I have found that building on public land comes with a whole host of red tape and liability issues. 496 does a good job of helping to manage some of that, but I'm afraid that when you add all the time it takes to do that, with supplying all of your own building materials and natural building labor hours... You have to be a rich philanthropist or have those friends to make it all happen. I lost my first business trying to do just this.

    December 14, 2012

  • Craig D.

    Very cold day, low turnout. Good to meet those that made it.

    December 1, 2012

    • Dan s.

      Craig, how about finding a space in Brooklyn where we could build a natural structure that's visible to and possibly accessible by the public. Maybe the next meetup should be focused on how to make that happen along with fleshing out various avenues for funding and support.

      December 14, 2012

    • Randy M.

      Take a look at 496acres.org (I think that is their URL) for locations. The organize community to develop city owned lots in to gardens and public spaces. I bet there are quite a few that would like a natural structure.

      December 14, 2012

  • Dan s.

    Craig,

    I recently met with an urban planning professor at Hunter College named Thomas Angotti. He lives in Windsor Terrace and owns property next to his home. The property is mostly sloping but is called Prospect Farm and boasts a well managed composting system and raised beds. Tom is open to having a deck with shelter built on the slope. Let's get a conversation going with him to see where it leads. This could be a great opportunity to build a natural structure that's visible and open to the public to be used for all sorts of gatherings.

    December 14, 2012

  • Craig D.

    Considering it was at the time of economic struggle, extreme joblessness, and rapid industrialization; I believe that FDR and those behind the WPA created some heavy physical commentary. What I mean by this is that their insistance on crafstmanship and natural methods not only temporarily employed the struggling craftsmen, but left us with stunning, long lasting examples of what is now all but lost art. We live in a world now where industrialized building process are the norm, and the economic times reflect the loss of traditional values on skilled trade jobs. The WPA projects now stand as reminders of the old ways that once worked so well.

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wonder what their reason for using natural design and materials at that time, may be worth a good look. Maybe some good lessons that most have forgotten. I like your idea for a New Age Works Projects Administration stepped in some of the time honored traditions and brought up to date and down to earth, Designed and built with spirit so that it can shine through for those who can see the real beauty that is. Sites has some interesting guidelines for building with nature.

    1 · December 13, 2012

  • Craig D.

    Kenton I completely agree. Seems to be about the right age, and shows the characteristic craftsmanship of those New Deal projects. Gets me thinking about a new age Work Projects Administration...

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just from the pictures. I get the feeling a WPA project from the 30's. Kind of like the Awana Lodge at Yosemite Village or Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. Wonder how many other WPA projects are still around our area?

    December 12, 2012

  • Oona

    10 am too early for me, am in the bx.

    December 12, 2012

  • Oona

    10 am too early for me

    November 28, 2012

  • Craig D.

    Oona, the point of the meet and greet is to actually interact with the members of our group members for the first time in person. This would be the primary activity. The structure is a beautiful example of hand crafted natural building and more so than just looking at it, I will be explaining how it was built, the tools that were used, and the specific timber joinery that was employed. I will also show you how to use some of the tools. Additionally, I hope to sit down and formally share ideas that our members have about how we can grow this group together.

    November 10, 2012

  • Oona

    would like to go but 10am is a bit too early for me coming from the Bx, and would like to know what we would be doing besides just looking at a gazebo.

    November 10, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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