Timber Framing, also called post and beam is, as the name suggests, a method of timber construction that relies on the timber frame as the primary structural support for the building. Timber Framing is a centuries old construction method of creating timber framed structures jointed together with pegged mortise and tenon joints.
The frames I cut in my workshop are of hardwood such as oak or chestnut or softwood, commonly douglas fir, for its superior strength and durability. Each of these frames are individually designed and absolutely unique. I can make different styles of timber frames, from contemporary frames with straight cut timber, to traditional medieval style green oak ‘cruck’ frames and round wood structures. I take pride in producing beautiful, durable wooden structures/frames and where possible using locally sourced materials.
Are Timber Frames Ecological? I get asked that by many clients to whom I propose a timber frame, and my response is this: I believe that a frame that is planned and executed properly will stand the test of time for several generations, this for me is more ecological than building light timber frames from fast grown small section timber or concrete homes that haven’t lasted. I have been lucky to be involved in several ecological construction projects, which include straw bale enclosed frames as well as light clay enclosure systems and hopefully these houses will still be seen by many future generations.
For those of you who are either thinking of building your own timber frame or becoming a timber framer we would like to invite you to attend one of my summer workshops.