QUINKATLA HOMES
SKIDEGATE HOUSE
UPPER SUBDIVISION
Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, CANADA


In 1997/1998, we constructed "Skidegate House" as a residence for Ernie Gladstone, in Skidegate. The logs were selected as standing trees in the mountains west of Skidegate, in February, 1997, and preparation began in the summer. The home is now a comfortable shelter from the winds and rain of Haida Gwaii.






























Malcolm at a Sitka Spruce in Haida Gwaii Raw Materials, Big trees from the forest. This is not a Cedar, but a Sitka Spruce in the forests of Haida Gwaii.


About Skidegate House
Floor area: 140 square metres (1,500 sq.ft. )
*open vaulted ceiling, with heavy timber post-and-beam structure
*location for carved family emblem pole on front facade
*front veranda opening from livingroom and bedroom
*central fireplace in livingroom
*open living / dining / kitchen area
*2nd floor main bedroom, bathroom & balcony
*1st floor 2 bedrooms, bathroom, laundry

Setting up for the Alaska Mill

Here is Malcolm setting up a cant for a cut by an Alaska Mill (chainsaw mill). Setting up the guide board is key to achieving a perfect milling cut. Setting up in this way was under the guidance of Floyd Harder, the master miller for the project.
Floyd Harder sharpening his saw.

Floyd Harder preparing his saw.
Sharpening chainsaw blades is a crucial part of assuring accurate, smooth cuts. Here, Floyd sharpens his chain teeth in preparation for the next cut.
Floyd Harder milling a timber.

Floyd Harder in the middle of a milling cut for one of the timbers.
Floyd during another cut.

Floyd Harder milling another of the large beams.
Floyd during another cut.

Floyd Harder milling another of the large beams.
Ernie and Floyd by a big timber

Floyd Harder milling another of the large beams.
Ernie surveying his timbers.

Ernie Gladstone surveying his collection of timber.
Ernie with an octagonal beam.

Ernie Gladstone with one of the octagonal beams meant for the roof. This is a classic Haida roof beam design.
Irene with the big saw.

Irene Mills working with the big skil saw needed to work with the big timbers for this house.
Ernie trimming timber with a large chisel.

Ernie Gladstone working with a large chisel on one of the timbers to be used as a vertical column.
Steve working on a corner post

Steve doing fine dressing on one of the round corner posts.
Moving timbers by fork lift.

Phil Gladstone's backhoe/forklift was very useful in moving timbers around the site.
Guiding a timber column into place.

Here, Malcolm and Sid Crosby guide a timber column into place, as the crane provides lift.
Crane placing beam onto house frame.

The crane places a large timber beam onto the house frame. Beams were cut with all the various slots and notches so that the frame would fit together without the need for metal connectors. We did install metal connectors in any case, against wind uplift and earthquake forces.
Frame assembly.

Working on assembling the house frame, Ernie Gladstone up on scaffold, Malcolm on the ground.
Sid Crosby on the house frame, awaiting the next beam.

Waiting for the next roof purlin beam to be lifted into place by the crane, Sid Crosby stands on the gable beam, overlooking the site.
Beam on crane.

One of the roof purlin beams being moved to the house on the crane. Malcolm in the foreground.
Classic Haida House roof beam.

One of the definitive features of Haida architecture is the octagonal roof purlin beam. This shape of beam does not appear in First Nations architecture, other than Haida design.
Hoisting the beam into place.

Here, the crane hoists the large 40' beam into place on the roof frame.
Hoisting the beam into place.

Éand farther into place for the roof purlin...
Guiding the beam into place.

The whole crew guiding the roof purlin into place.
Sid Crosby making a few fine adjustments

Sid Crosby making fine adjustments to the placement of the roof purlin.
The finished house frame.

The finished house frame.
The finished house frame.

The finished house frame.
The finished house frame.

The finished house frame.
The finished house frame.

The finished house frame.
The finished house frame.

The finished house frame.
The finished house frame.

The finished house frame.


Last Modified: Thursday, 1 January, 2015