Detail of Crook – von Voss Residence

This swamp maple crook in the von Voss residence captures several key elements of Vicco’s artistic philosophy- namely: the play of masculine straight edges and feminine curves, the importance of both decorative form and structural function, as well as the attempt to capture the natural essence of the place where the material came from within each finished project. These elements can be seen in the pictured crook, where the natural edge is joined to the straight white pine post- serving both decoratively as well as to transfer the load of the summer beam. The summer beam, which spans the width of the building, came from a red oak that once stood on the house site. The von Voss’s consider this red oak beam to be the heart of their home and therefore named the property Oak Leaf farm in it’s honor.

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CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
CENTREVILLE, MD - SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: Residence of Vicco and Jacqueline von Voss in Centreville, MD. This house was built by Vicco von Voss using timberframe construction techniques and from trees on the building site. No nails are used in the joining the elements of the frame. Mortise and tenon joinery is used with wooden pegs holding them together. CREDIT: Photographs by Bruce Buck for The New York Times.
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photography courtesy of Bruce Buck.