Timber framing is a distinctive style of building construction in which heavy timbers frame the structure instead of more slender dimensional lumber (for example, 2 x 6-in.). Timber framing was a building practice used throughout the world until toughly 1900 when the demand for cheap, fast housing brought dimensional lumber to the construction forefront.
Building a timber frame structure means participating in a longstanding architectural tradition. Found in archeological sites in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, the timber frame technique has a popular history throughout the world. The joints used to construct timber frame structures appeared as early as 200 B.C.
Modern timber framing, while a long tradition, is living and evolving. We are informed by our history, but not bound by it. We choose the tools and technologies that best fit our customers’ needs, so it is not surprising that there is a wide-range of practice within our community.