The glamorous side of timber framing: removing metal from reclaimed beams. There are two ways to find the nails, tacks, screws (as well as the occasional bullet) hiding in reclaimed beams: the slow way (pictured), or the dangerous way (through contact with a saw blade or chisel).
Post & Beam Blog
Blog posts and general information about quality custom timber framing, new trends, what woods to use, and best practices.
Here, in one place, is exactly how to select a timber specie from the most common woods used in timber frames: http://www.carolinatimberworks.com/best-wood-for-timber-framing/
Timber Framing has been around, in some form or another, for over 2,000 years. So it stands to reason, some interesting timber framing traditions and customs have sprung up in connection with the design and construction of timber frame structures. We thought, in this season of tradition and home, we’d share some of the more […]
Post and Beam Blog Eric Morley on why timbers split and crack, how long it takes timber to dry, where to get dry timbers, and why gunshots in the night are nothing to be afraid of . . . The short answer Splits and cracks (known as checks in the industry) occur when wood […]
Wood Specie Selection & Specification for Timber Framing We’re often asked, “What is the best wood for timber framing?” Although it’s estimated that 60% of timber frames in North America are built from Douglas Fir, there are other timber frame wood species which may work as well, or better, for your application. So, here in one place, […]
What does lightning protection for barns have to do with timber framing? After the largest horse barn in the U.S. (pictured above) was completed, we learned that the barn and horses are protected from lightning by products from East Coast Lightning Equipment. They subsequently pointed out that several of […]
Built Poetry While watching Fine Homebuilding’s video of architect Caleb Johnson of Biddeford, Maine discuss the winner of the 2015 Best New Home award, we were struck by his profound insights into the benefits of timber framing and why we are drawn to, and love timber framing: “Built poetry.” “The materials go together in a fashion that you can […]
Whether it’s the cathedral-like atmosphere or the honesty of the structure, barns seem to resonate with people. Bittersweet Farms Party Barn “Buy it”. I asked Jim Becher to repeat what he’d just told me. Then I had to admit we didn’t have enough money in our checking account to buy the antique timber frame barn in Pennsylvania I’d […]