Eric Morley, Founder
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, Vice President of Operations
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 two beautiful daughters, and 2 dogs. His modus operandi: Against the Grain.
Eric Lubsen, Project Stewardship
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.
Derek Calhoun, Project Stewardship
Phone: (828) 406-7218
Life long resident of Jefferson, NC. Started woodworking at age 10 self taught and learned from watching grandfather on trips to Ohio. Love of creating and working with hands led to the start of construction company. Love of knowledge led to obtaining a General Contractors license in 2009. Has always had a “Reverence for Wood” (favorite read by Eric Sloane). Attended NCSU. Enjoys jobs that allow him to be outside and meet new people. Hobbies: fly fishing, hunting, hiking, being outdoors, skiing, kayak fishing, sporting clays, and working with wood. Has beautiful wife and twins a boy and girl. 2 dogs.
In the Office
Robert Hawes, Draftsperson
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Robert is a 1stgeneration college graduate from Appalachian State University and received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design in 2018. During the early years of his education he began learning architecture, sketching, and design. After stumbling across Computer Aided Design software, he knew that his future would evolve into creating whatever he could imagine at the click of a button.
“As a child, I enjoyed exploring my creative side using toys like Legos, Link-N-Logs, and K’nex. That desire to create eventually spread to other medias like sketching, rendering, Computer Aided Design. Discovering CAD was like finding an infinite source of unique Legos that were at my fingertips.”
Jeren Holman, Draftsperson
Jeren Holman takes a very meticulous, demanding, and critical task–and makes it look effortless. Clients sometimes stand behind him and watch in fascination as he quietly and competently brings 2d plans to life on his screen as 3d models. 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 excels in cadwork, an industry-leading CAD specialized Swiss 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 four golden retrievers, family, friends and being outdoors; from kayak fishing off the NC coast to backpacking around the local Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges. Girls…he’s single and the catch of a lifetime!
Gesche Morley, Bookkeeper
Technically, Gesche is the bookkeeper at Carolina Timberworks. She accepted the position before she found out that bookkeeping has nothing to do with off-track betting and high-stakes gambling, and everything to do with numbers and balance. Be that as it may, she much prefers the title Bringer of Joy and Happiness. As such, she eagerly undertakes any project that is deemed fun, different, or exciting, in order to balance out the methodical nature of bookkeeping.
Prior to marrying Eric Morley and coming to work at Carolina Timberworks, Gesche was a middle and high school teacher of diverse subjects including Theatre, Science, English, and Social Studies. She gets along exceedingly well with adolescents and other stubborn characters and loves the smell of freshly-cut wood.
In the Shop
Tucker Clay, Timber Framer
After earning a degree from Western Carolina University in Forestry, Tucker’s career took an unexpected turn when he decided to build homes with his friend Derek Calhoun for the summer. One summer turned into three years when Tucker discovered his love of construction and building.
Irie Hall, Timber Framer
Irie Hall was born in Galax, Virginia. From the years of 1 to 5 he and his mother traveled and lived in Florida, California, and Hawaii before finally making the move to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Ashe county in North Carolina. Irie spent his childhood and teen years Christmas tree farming, working cattle, and light construction work. While attending college he worked for a logging operation limbing trees. At the age of 19 he took a job traveling the country building various restaurants and bowling alleys. After 3 and a half years and many states later he decided it was time to come back to North Carolina. He’s very thankful to learn a new craft and the satisfaction of working with his hands. Also the ability to work outside on so many different timber frame structures. In his free time he’s usually seen outside: taking pictures or enjoying the view from the top of a mountain.
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.
Rachel Knoepfel, Timber Framer
After earning degrees in Archaeology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, Rachel relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina, where she started a career in horticulture. The study of plants combined with her academic background piqued her interest in sustainable practices. Before long she moved back to the mountains, this time to western North Carolina, to work on a permaculture forest-farm north of Asheville. After spending a season learning the ways of working harmoniously with the land, Rachel moved to a small cattle farm in the High Country with the goal of furthering her education in sustainable development. With dreams of starting her own homestead, Rachel searched for work that would help serve her in the future…which lead her to the doors of Carolina Timberworks. When she’s not in the shop learning the age-old methods of timber framing, you can find her caring for Scottish Highland cattle, hiking and backpacking the Southern Appalachians, exploring gardens and arboreta, and communing with nature in her own home garden.
Sage Miller, Timber Framer
Sage is a 2nd generation timber framer. He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina in a small town called West Jefferson. An outdoorsman who enjoys most anything outside, Sage notes that this comes in handy when you live in a town with nothing to do. Why he thinks timber framing is something he’ll always enjoy? “It’s always something different: different places, different homes, and different people.” Sage’s father, Chris Miller, co-founded Carolina Timberworks, and we’re delighted Sage is part of our team.
Kevin Reed, Job Captain
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 once 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.
Favorite quote? “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.” –Charles Swindoll
Josh Sheets, Timber Framer
In Josh’s short life he has been a part of a variety of professions and experiences. He has served in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces member as well as a registered nurse in a high acuity emergency room. For as long as he can remember Josh has had an affinity for craftsmanship with an emphasis on historical and traditional methods. Much of his time outside of work is spent between family, building bows, restoring antique tools, and working outdoors. His passion for crafting eventually led him to a pivotal decision to leave nursing to become a timber framer. Josh feels that this decision was the best he has ever made and has allowed him to cultivate his passion in a way he did not imagine as possible. He places emphasis on the fine details which resounds in the quality he strives to bring to a task regardless of what that task is.
Patricia Willis, Timber Framer
Meet Patricia Willis, finishing her fourth year of specialized timber framing coursework at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC. Suffice to say Patricia has proven to be one Bad Ass intern…and we love working with her.