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What is Timber Framing?

Timber framing is one of the oldest construction methods still in use today.  Well-crafted timber framed structures have a beauty and longevity that can’t be matched with modern methods and materials.  

Timber frame joinery during fit up process
Timber frame arbor raising day

Timber framing has been used in building for at least about two thousand years.  There is evidence of an early style of oak framing dating back to Roman times (AD 50). The Roman style relied upon very straight lines with posts being plumb and plates level, they even pioneered some of the same joints that builders are still using today. As building techniques developed and stronger tools became available, the structures continued to become more popular. The style was very popular in the Middle Ages, which was when some of the most impressive timber framed buildings ever constructed were beginning to appear in Europe. A lot of the medieval timber framed buildings are still standing today, and architects have replicated and adapted the traditional framing methods for more modern uses.

Structures tend to be tailored specifically for each customer’s needs.   While timber framed buildings are often still constructed using traditional hand tools and methods, they are typically designed using software to enable the customer to do a virtual walk around the building to see what the interior of the building will be like. Once the engineer has approved the design, all of the measurements are precisely calculated and the timber is ordered. Once the timber arrives, the joints are laid out and cut, the wood is finished, then the building frame is raised.  

Timber Frame Farmers market pavilion
Timber frame mortise and tenon joinery

Wood is an eco-friendly building material.

Wood is a renewable resource, takes less carbon to produce than steel or concrete, and traps carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as the tree dies and decays. Building primarily with wood sourced from secondary growth forests that are ethically and sustainably managed is a great way to build green and to reduce the environmental damage and carbon footprint of your building.

Why Timber Framing? 

BEAUTIFUL:  How would you like the breathtaking beauty of handcrafted timber frame posts, beams, and trusses in your home? 

SUSTAINABLE:  One of the most eco-friendly construction methods, with the lowest CO2 cost of any commercial building process.  Local artisans, handcrafted methods, locally sourced timber.

HEALTHY:  One of the healthiest forms of construction.  Solid wood timbers, natural finishes...

Timber frame home front porch entryway
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