In 2010 I designed and built a small studio cabin in a beautiful setting in Hawley, MA. The frame is made entirely of black cherry and white oak, both of which are highly rot-resistant. The frame was a joy to design and cut, with its relatively complex joinery – the hipped roof features an octagonal kingpin that catches the rafters at the peak, and a dragon-tie and dragon-beam assembly that catches the feet of the hip rafters at the corners. The cabin sits within earshot of one of the cleanest rivers in Massachusetts, surrounded by tens of thousands of acres of protected state forest. The walls have a lime plaster exterior infill and basswood wainscoting on the interior.