truss, n. A collection of timbers or members forming one of the principal supports, as of a roof or bridge, and framed together so as to give mutual support and prevent distortion, as by the forces of gravity and wind loads. Trusses are usually named in one of five ways: 1. from the construction in […]
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Blog posts and general information about quality custom timber framing, new trends, what woods to use, and best practices.
A covered timber frame dining porch is a magical place twice a day.
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 building project. So, here in one place, is exactly how to select […]
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 […]
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 shrinks as it dries. Wood […]
What does lightning protection for barns have to do with timber framing? After the largest horse barn in the U.S. (pictured in the video – right) 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 the photographs […]
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 […]