Timber framing is the method of creating framed structures of timber joined together with various joints. The most common of these joints are pegged mortise and tenon joints. This method stems from a time when man did not have fasteners like nails or screws. Many of these structures have stood the test of time and undoubtedly add a beauty and character to the spaces they create.
Most homes today are built with the conventional or "stick Framing" method definitely a fast way to build. In this method, all of the structure and supporting members are hidden from sight. With timber framing the opposite is true, all of the structure is exposed and visible. In conventional framing, the building is built from the outside in. With a timber frame, the building is built from the inside out, leaving no question as to what sustains the structure as well as being able to see the beautiful joinery that makes this form of building possible.
Timber framing is in our blood, all three of us at the mill love this medium with its challenges and strengths. My Grandpa (Russ) and my Father (Steve) designed and built my parent's timber frame addition in 1997. My whole family came together to put the timber frame together.
As a ten-year-old at the time, this is one of my favorite memories, two days of friends and family eating outside, a huge crane, and lots of noise and work happening. My brother (Jeff) nine at the time and I were a huge help as you can imagine.
Ever since then we have a had a special affinity for this old world way of building, and we feel the work we do now is keeping this art alive and evolving. Timber framing can take many forms whether it be the entrance to an estate or business, a pergola or gazebo, a great-room or porch, a grand front door entry, and we have incorporated it into many signs.
Timber framing is a complex way of building that requires a good quality plan from an architect that has experience working with timbers. Or is willing to take the time to get the level of detail needed to accurately build one of these amazing structures. Contact us if this something you are interested in building or let your builder know this is something you would like to consider on your next project or home building and have them contact us.