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At a key stage in the project (at the Sutherland Workshop) it was decided that one of the most useful things to develop for the purposes of the TICS Project was a set of jointing details. Given that many of these elements (Informal and Tourist) will be assembled by amateurs - and volunteers it is the highly engineered bits that will be at a premium.

To this end a sheet of Jointing conditions has been developed in order to be able to identify all the various options that are available to people wishing to make - say - a community children’s playground out of roundpole.

(source: Buro Happold)
Some of the various foundation detail options are discussed in the Foundations section.
Simple Relationship
(source: Buro Happold)

The many options for jointing poles are shown in the JICS project to which the reader is directed.
Multiple Elements
(source: Gaia)
This image shows the inside build-up of the reconstructed Crannog at Loch Tay and the many different lashed connections required to fully stabilise the construction.
Dowel Joint
(source: Gaia)
Shown here somewhat dramatically at the head of a wigwam type structure, dowels can also be used to make panels such as the brettstapel panels shown in the Building Elements section.
Connection Plates
(source: Gaia)

Shown here at Dunning in Perthshire, the use of connection plates can make the issue of jointing poles easier, as well as providing a medium for also jointing to other materials, in this case a glulam beam and cable bracing (not shown).