Preparation work for the Huna Tlingit tribal house at Glacier Bay National Park will begin in August. Local craftsman, Josh Leatherman, who owns and operates Precision Timberworks will be heading up the prefabrication of the heavy timber frame and log structure here in Seward, subcontracted by PK Builders of Ketchikan. The National Park Service announced the $2.9 million contract award to PK Builders earlier this week.
Once the pre-fabrication is completed the assembly will be erected on the shoreline of Bartlett Cove, traditional homeland of the Huna Tlingit. Precision Timberworks’ workshop, located near Bear Lake, is where most of the timber frame elements will be hand crafted using traditional timber frame joinery. The project’s architect has specified Sitka Spruce timbers for all interior framework and Precision Timberworks is proud to be utilizing local Sitka Spruce logs for the project. Josh and his crew will procure all the timbers locally and saw them at his log yard. The traditional American Native long house boasts 50 foot plate logs and 30 foot long rafters. The 50′ plate logs are expected to weigh 10,000 lbs a piece and will certainly be a standout feature of the structure. Precision Timberworks has been operating in Seward since 2010, previously located in Moose Pass. Josh’s passion for woodworking has fueled his dream of building a successful timber frame business. His now year round operation is booming and he is excited to add more employees to his crew. Upcoming projects include an Alaskan Yellow Cedar picnic shelter and picnic tables for the Forest Service. The picnic shelter will be located at the Luck Lake Recreation Enchancement Project in Prince of Wales island near Coffman Cove. Last year Josh completed another Forest Service project, the roof system of a bath house located at the remote site White Sulphur Hot Springs in Southeast Alaska near Pelican. Precision Timberworks website can be seen at www.timberframingalaska.com.