Phone: (828) 963-0035
Eric Morley’s focus is broadening the market for Carolina Timberworks. To maintain quality, production has to be kept small–meaning Eric’s job is really about building relationships with people who desire a level of attention to detail and quality that is simply uncommon in the general construction industry. Eric was born in Monrovia Liberia, was kicked out of Tripoli Libya as a result of Colonel Gadhafi’s coup d’état in 1969, grew up in Switzerland & France, was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his MBA from Appalachian State University in 1992. Eric is a lifetime Timber Framer’s Guild member, currently serves on the Timber Framers Guild Board of Directors, has served on the Timber Frame Business Council Board of Directors, and teaches an AIA Continuing Education course on timber framing. He is a published photographer, enjoys tinkering with (and from time-to-time riding) his antique BMW motorcycle, and once bicycled the complete Blue Ridge Parkway from Staunton, VA to Cherokee, NC (469 miles).
Craig Kitson, Project & Operations Manager
Phone: (828) 773-3036
Craig Kitson was born in south Florida and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina at the age of 12 and began working in the construction industry at 15. After high school and some college, he found himself in the steel construction business working in sales, while maintaining part-time carpentry work on extensive remodels and other conventional construction. In 2007, he joined the timber framing crew at Carolina Timberworks. He spent much of his time outside of work learning how to model and draft timber frames and traditional timber frame joinery, and in the fall of 2009, Craig took over design & estimating responsibilities for the firm and exceeded our already high expectations for him. He has the passion for quality that is part of Carolina Timberworks’ DNA. Craig’s hands-on experience cutting and installing timber frames, combined with his years in design and estimating, make him an unusually helpful resource for architects, builders, home owners, and designers.
On the weekends you can find him kayaking down the New River, running the roads of West Jefferson, NC or riding his bike around the High Country. He is an Apple aficionado, married, proud father of a beautiful daughter, and 2 dogs. His modus operandi: Against the Grain.
Eric Lubsen, New Business Development
Phone: (828) 773-0066
Eric Lubsen is an artist-craftsman and teacher at heart who seeks to share his skills and experience with our clients and business partners throughout the process of building. His parents remodeled every house he lived in so design and construction were literally all around him. Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in 1992. His love of timber framing began while working as a historic tradesman at Old Salem, in Winston-Salem, NC. There he demonstrated 18th century furniture making and carpentry techniques. Eric went on to work with Tim Gott (son of Peter Gott) building traditional, hand hewn, half dovetail log homes and from there into full time timber framing. After a decade in the timber frame industry, Eric and his family moved to southern Germany where he taught Industrial Arts classes at an international school. Now back in Boone, NC, his focus is business development to help expand and improve Carolina Timberworks. His favorite pastimes are cycling or hiking through the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife, son, daughter and English cocker spaniels.
Jim Heaton, Lead Craftsman
Jim Heaton went back to school after serving as an Army Ranger to go into law enforcement. While in school, he worked in construction in order to pay the bills. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, his priorities changed, and he took a management position preparing to attend law school. He soon realized how much he missed building. What drew Jim to timber framing, apart from the beauty, was the challenge. When working with massive (and expensive) timbers, a timber framer has to really understand what he or she is doing (whittle and guess will not work) since a timber framer’s work is both the structure and the finish surface at the same time. Ironically, Jim never enjoyed math while in school, but now finds the mathematics, geometry, and trigonometry involved with timber framing to be one of the aspects he enjoys most about the craft. As demanding as is the work, so too is Jim. He wants every project we do to be the best we’ve ever done–which is a big reason he is our Lead Craftsman. In his free time he enjoys judo (and is a black belt sensei), but his favorite pass-time is hanging out with his family, playing guitar and singing together.
Dwight Brooks, Timber Framer
Dwight’s dad is 84 years old and still woodworks every day. Of course, Dwight is quick to point out that “I taught him a whole lot”. We benefit from Dwight’s 35 years of experience, as well as his calm and optimistic demeanor. Never once have we heard anyone say anything but positive things about Dwight, and he’s been a pleasure to work with every single day since he joined us in 2013. After cutting and installing timber frames all week, Dwight likes to spend time hunting, hiking, and riding bicycles and 4-wheelers. If not outside in the great outdoors, you can often find Dwight carving or woodworking (next time you’re in our shop, ask to see his carved likeness of Jim Heaton).
Ben Emerson, Timber Framer
Ben Emerson grew up in Ashe County and graduated from Ashe County High School in 2013. Throughout high school, he mowed yards as a side job. After graduation, he mowed for one more season before beginning work at Carolina Timberworks in September of 2014. In his own words “now I’m enjoying every day of work and all of the many skills that I’ve learned in the short time that I’ve been here”. Ben loves doing anything outdoors, whether it be kayaking down the river or camping with friends and family.
Jeren Holman, Draftsperson
Carolina Timberworks’ newest hire comes in the form of an Appalachian State University graduate known as Jeren Holman. Jeren assumes the role of Draftsperson and creates computer-aided designs of timber structures for use in proposals, quotes, and fabrication drawings. Jeren is a native of the High Country, resides in Ashe County, NC, and graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design and minors in both Marketing and Physics. Working at Carolina Timberworks marries his passion for architecture, engineering, and design. Jeren has worked with many 3D modeling software programs and is excelling in cadwork, an industry-leading CAD software for timber framing.
“A product, system, or design needs to be crafted well above all else, where form follows function, but not by much. Through hard work, determination, and authenticity I aim to design high-quality timber structures that do not sacrifice craftsmanship or durability for aesthetics and usability. My objective is to enhance and enrich each and every life the product comes in contact with.”
In his free time, Jeren enjoys spending time with his fiancé, their four golden retrievers, family, friends, and anything outdoors; from kayak fishing off the NC coast to backpacking around the local Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges.
Bobby Huffman, Timber Framer
Bobby Huffman is 42 years old, married with 2 children, an avid hunter and loves the outdoors. He has been in the construction field for over 24 years and with Carolina Timberworks the past 3 years. His father also worked in construction and he started working with him at a very young age. Bobby’s father taught him integrity, the value of a strong work ethic, and to strive for perfection in his work. With those traits, he’s become a valuable member of the Carolina Timberworks team and we love working with him.
Blake Huffman, Timber Framer
Blake is Bobby’s son, and we’re delighted he’s part of our team. He is currently writing a much more interesting bio than this one…
Thomas Kitson, Timber Framer
Thomas Kitson was born in south Florida, then at the age of 14 he moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. After high school and some college, Thomas worked in the construction business for many years. He joined the crew at Carolina Timberworks in May of 2012 as a timber framer. Thomas strives to provide good customer service while on job sites and deliver high quality work. During Thomas’ spare time you can find him riding his motorcycle down at the New River, or hanging out with his family and friends. He is married to Michelle and has three wonderful kids; Jaxon, Lana and Aiden.
Kevin Reed, Timber Framer
Kevin Reed is a native of Western North Carolina. He received a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management in 2001. Kevin worked at Stone Mountain State Park after finishing college. While trying to find a full time position in the natural resources management field, he worked part time in the construction industry to make ends meet. North Carolina had initiated a hiring freeze for state parks and other forest and wildlife management positions, so Kevin proceeded to obtain a North Carolina General Contractors License and commit himself to the construction industry. Keven joined Carolina Timberworks in 2012. He enjoys the challenges and satisfaction derived from working with timber frame projects from the fabrication process through the final installation. When Kevin is not involved with CTW, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, April, and two sons, Sam and Eli.
Larry Scarborough, Timber Framer
One of our clients recently asked a question about Larry: “Is he always in a good mood?” Yes, he really is, and his pleasant and positive attitude, day after day, no matter the obstacles, is what makes Larry remarkable.