Did you know that mid-rise and high-rise buildings can now be built out of wood? An emerging building typology called mass timber is quickly gaining momentum as a viable alternative to traditional construction methods. Instead of using steel, masonry and concrete to construct these buildings, architects and engineers are using wood – allowing for sustainable […]
Post & Beam Blog
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Here’s how to calculate the board feet in lumber (or timber), how to measure round logs, and even how to calculate how many cords of wood you just split and put up for the winter…
Every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about–so be kind, always. Wendy Mass Something happened to me the other day: I have been so stressed out and struggled with mental issues the past few months. In this state that I have dealt with for 29 years, it is easy to focus […]
Sadly, the age of antique barns is drawing to a close. Time, the elements, and neglect are hard on old barns. There are lots of old barns for sale, but most aren’t worth saving. We happen to have not one, but two, antique timber frame barns in inventory that we thought were worth buying. But […]
It’s starting to feel a lot like a new beginning for the company… Building a state-of-the-art new manufacturing building this year. Relocating from Boone to West Jefferson once the building is finished. Next up: a radical investment Carolina Timberworks is making a radical investment in order to make every tree count. It’s radical for two […]
Our late friend Merle Adams, founder of Big Timberworks, once said, “If the spokesperson for a product or a cause doesn’t practice what he or she preaches, then the opposite of what what he or she says must be true.” In designing our new manufacturing facility, it quickly became apparent that a pre-engineered metal building […]
The difference between a timber frame and a post and beam structure is the way the individual parts are connected: Timber frames utilize wood joinery and rarely use steel parts; whereas post and beam structures are connected with metal fasteners and connectors. Benefits of post and beam type construction: Reduced skilled labor costs. Disadvantages of […]
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, whether structural or decorative, are usually named in one of five ways: 1. […]