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 dragon piece survived the fire that burned down the family's belongings, and is treasured in Mar's palatial home.