Saturday, May 20, 2006

An Arky Welcome

As you enter Arkansas at Ft. Smith from Oklahoma on I-40 you will be greeted by a new Welcome Center.

It is truly a thing of beauty. The buildings and landscaping are outstanding.

The buildings are "post and timber" construction with thru dovetail jointery.

The thru timbers are formed by
laminating nine 2x12 boards together.

The wall timbers are five 2x12's. Enlarge the photo and I think you will see what I am referring to.

This picture gives a little better overall view of the corners.

Inside you are greeted by a lovely rock fireplace that will be in use on cool days.

They offer free coffee and you can connect to the internet with your laptop at this desk.

This is the inside hall that leads to the restrooms. As you can see the beautiful jointery carries thru to the inside. The smell of the wood surrounds you as you enter the building.
If you stop by it will be ok to wear shoes and they will know you are just "visiting Arkansas".


Gary said...

That really is a beautiful building. Is the coffee fresh?

Wildside Musing said...

Wow, that is one fancy, smancy building! Really nice and welcoming... (Yes, up north I wear shoes -- that is, most of the time! My feet are cold.)

Wildside Musing said...

BTW, your toast is buttered. Or did you want your slice toasted?

Care to drop on by?

(I ought to post a photo of that, but haven't...)

Linda said...

We always stop at welcome centers. We will look forward to this one.

Kerri said...

Wow, that's a beautiful building! Sounds very comfy and welcoming....and they even have coffee! Taxpayers money well spent!
My husband will enjoy looking at the joints :) He's a woodworker. Doesn't have much time to do it at the moment, unfortunately.

Suzanne said...

That's a beautiful visitor's center. Unfortunately we enter Arkansas from the other side....Memphis.


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