Bespoke Timber Frames

Simply put, Timber Framing is the craft of fastening timbers together with wooden joinery to create shelter. The earliest surviving examples from Northern Europe include houses, barns, cathedrals, abbeys and various minor structures from the twelfth century. These structures were built by highly skilled carpenters whose creation became known for their longevity and beauty. However, as industrialization, the demise of the guild system and lower building standards began to permeate society, this craft tradition came to an end in most areas of the British Isles and North America in the late nineteenth century.

The French Les Charpentiers (carpenters) have a continuous tradition dating from at least the thirteenth century. Other Timber Framing traditions have survived in Asian countries such as China, Japan, and Korea. There are undoubtedly other regions and cultures which have maintained vernacular traditions that we may never know, or which are just coming to our attention, thanks in part to the Timber Framers Guild which encourages cultural exchange of the many traditions. Timber Framing was brought to American shores by the various European immigrants settling in the New World; the oldest surviving example of a wood-framed house in the United States is the Fairbanks house of Dedham, Massachusetts, circa 1637.

The Timber Frame revival began in the 1970's, sparked in part by a curiosity of old buildings and a desire to build more lasting homes that contribute to communities rather than detracting. We are now fortunate enough to enjoy a vibrant community of craftspeople, enduring homes, and satisfied owner/caretakers of these homes.

Creating a building from trees is a bit like alchemy. Instead of turning base metal to gold, the alchemist-carpenter had to turn trees into beams, into frames, into buildings. RICHARD HARRIS Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings
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