Dragon piece

Dragon piece

A diagonal tie across the wall plate at the corner of a hipped-end roof for receiving the thrust of the hip rafter.

dragon beam, dragon piece

A short, horizontal piece of timber which bisects the angle formed by the wall plate at the corner of a wood-frame building; one end serves to receive and support the foot of a hip rafter; the other end is supported by a dragon tie.
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The artists, who have worked together for 10 years, specialize in large public mosaic works of art - one of their previous projects included 4,000-pound iguanas - but this is their first dragon piece.