For this project, Versatile was the supplier for all exterior windows and doors. We produced a total of 28 units – over 1000 sq feet of glazing.
What was the goal for the Evergreen Chapel ?
The goal for this project was to produce custom doors and casement windows using vertical grain fir. The fir compliments this traditional 1930’s log cabin design. The timeline for these units was eight-weeks.
What were the challenges for the Evergreen Chapel ?
Because some of the doors were especially tall (each 36” x 114” x 2 ¼” thick), incorporating commercial door hardware specifications was a challenge.
What was the Uniquely Versatile solution for the Evergreen Chapel ?
In conclusion, our solution was to combine a custom, craft-built traditional wood window with a high-level commercial sensibility. We also wanted to incorporate modern-day materials, such as insulated glass, while maintaining the look of the 1930’s design.
Working seamlessly with the largest general contractor in the state requires on-target communications, submittals, delivery and follow through. While this is not unusual for Versatile, working in a commercial field emphasizes our quality.
Technically, Douglas Fir is a pine or a spruce. It is often written in botanical texts at “Douglas-fir” to keep it distinct from actual Fir species.
True firs have cones that sit upright like little owls on their branches. The Douglas fir cone hangs down and stays intact when it falls to the ground.
Left: Douglas Fir cone
Right: True Fir cone
See the difference?
Little owls vs. graceful art nouveau chandelier shapes.
2. IT WAS NOT NAMED AFTER A GUY NAMED DOUG.
It’s named after a guy named David. That would be David Douglas, the 19th century botanist famous for identifying a variety of Pacific NW plant species. These species are now all over the world. Also named after David? David Douglas High School and the Douglas Squirrel.
3. THE ROOF OF THE TACOMA DOME IS ONE OF THE LARGEST WOOD GEODESIC STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD.
The Tacoma Dome uses wood from the volcanic blowdown of Mount St. Helens.
How cool is THAT?
4.YOU CAN DRINK IT.
Eau de vie brandy from Clear Creek Distillery uses Doug Fir buds and runs about $50 a bottle.
5. ANCIENT HAWAIIANS USED FIR TO BUILD WAR CANOES.
Though there are no native Douglas Fir stands in Hawaii (there are a small number of trees on the grave of David Douglas who is buried there), there are evidently ancient Hawaiian canoes made of Doug Fir. It turns out that Douglas Fir logs would wash ashore in Hawaii from clear across the Pacific. The Hawaiians carved them into outrigger canoes.
Today Douglas Fir is one of the lumber products most widely in use in the world. Clear Vertical Grain Douglas Fir is particularly befitting to the custom manufacture of wood windows and doors for use in the Pacific NW due to its exceptional durability in our wet climate. We’re pretty in love with the stuff around here.
You can learn more about Doug Fir (and some of the iconic local landmarks that were built with it) at our Whiskey and Windows reception on March 19th at the Architectural Heritage Center. Get the details and RSVP here.