Marriage Marks

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Marriage marks were used in timber frame construction as reference points, to identify pieces that fit together in the frame or for the positioning of peg holes. Most commonly used in the 18oos and earlier, marriage marks were etched into … Continued

Pine Mountain State Park Timber Frame Pavilion

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Preserving historic structures is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a timber framer. We were thrilled to be contacted about rebuilding the Pine Mountain State Park timber frame pavilion in Kentucky. The park opened in 1924 as Kentucky’s … Continued

TFG Community Building Project

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Photos by Daniel Girard The Timber Framers Guild (TFG) is dedicated to promoting, supporting and advancing the craft of timber framing through education, research, and programs. TFG Community Building projects are one of the ways the Guild accomplishes these goals. The … Continued

Wood and Fungi

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There’s a fungus among us ……. and if you like it we can highlight it in your timber frame!Wood and fungi have a symbiotic relationship. That is an interaction between species that is sometimes beneficial, sometimes harmful, to one or … Continued

White Oak Timber Frame

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This White Oak timber frame embodies a common theme in hybrid homes: the public spaces, such as kitchen, great room, dining room and porches are timber frame construction. The private spaces, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, are built using conventional … Continued

Outdoor Living

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“Summertime….and the livin’ is easy”Spring, summer, fall and yes, even winter, we like to spend time outdoors. It’s good for us, body and soul. Whether we’re out in the woods, out at the lake, or out on the beach, the … Continued

Carpenter Bees

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Oh, those pesky carpenter bees…… Let’s look at the who, what, why and how of these wood-damaging little critters. Introducing: genus Xylocopa, the carpenter bee. Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees.​ The two species are close in size and appearance. The main … Continued

Pavilion Raising

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This pavilion raising was actually a repeat job. Some years ago we cut and raised this timber frame pavilion for Caylx Farms, a wedding and event venue in upstate South Carolina. Recently the owners contacted us. A change in their … Continued

Snap Line Square Rule & Plumb Line Scribing

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Laying out where to cut mortise and tenon joints for a timber frame requires precise measurements to achieve a good, tight fit. On freshly milled and planed (S4S) timbers that are nice and square this is a pretty straight forward … Continued

Timber Frame or Post and Beam?

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Timber frames are sometimes categorized as post and beam. Is there a difference? The short answer, especially according to timber framers, is yes. Not that we discount post & beam construction, but we know what it takes to craft a … Continued