Clone #2 - Victoria - A detailed photo record of building a Japanese teahouse in the UK

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A teahouse clone in Victoria British Columbia, Canada
Yet another terrific teahouse 'clone', this time in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
I really did have to look at this one quite closely as it is so similar to my original. In reality it quite different in so many ways as you can see by what was said by its builder, William:

"Well I finally finished my teahouse. Thanks to your generosity to share your building experiences with us I have been able to build this Japanese teahouse. It's been a wonderful experience. My hobby is woodworking and over the years have built furniture and boats. But this is the first time I have build such a large structure where my skills as a furniture builder was needed.

The post and beam structure is from first growth cedar. All of it came from one tree which was found at the bottom of a lake nearby. The largest diameter was 5 feet. I used second growth for the rafters and floor beams. Where you have been using plywood I have used spruce planking. The local lumber yard has high quality spruce planking which if you didn't know better could be thought to be pine. And the price was right, too.

The cedar shakes came from a small chapel roof. All I had to do was turn the weather beaten side down. As you know cedar doesn't rot. I made the eave troughs from cedar boards and the down spout is a chain of terra cotta flower pots. A lot cheaper than the copper ones. The house sits on a 5' high mound so it needs steps. As you can see I use pieces of cedar tree trunk. It looks a bit massive and I am not sure that I like it.
Thanks again for your help.

William - petjes(at)
Copyright: Chris Gare 2007 - 2018
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