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. […]
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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 […]
After receiving the latest Carolina Timberworks newsletter, a potential client emailed a great question: “Can you show a recent home for a customer on a 300k budget, else this stuff is non-realistic to normal non-millionaire folks“. My Emailed Reply With respect to non-millionaire projects, we do a lot of them. One way to fit timber framing into […]
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 […]
Two of the Prettiest Oak Trees on the Blue Ridge Parkway…and the Carolina Timberworks Badash 29er Wooden Bicycle Most people stop for a closer look when they see our wooden mountain bike, and have questions. “Is it really wood?” Yes. “Did you make it?” No. “How does it ride?” Amazing. Meet the Badash 29er, hand […]