The ideal client

A good while back the editor of a now defunct timber frame magazine for which I had written several articles suggested that I do and article on the “ideal client” — the type who makes the whole process an easy and totally enjoyable experience. At first I thought he...

Is engineering worth the cost?

There are some timber framers who have convinced themselves and many of their clients that it is not necessary to have the design of their frames reviewed and approved by a structural engineer. While it is true that there are some structures which have a use...

Quality

“There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell for a little cheaper; and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” – JOHN RUSKIN, 1819-1900 Last December my father, late into his 91st year,...

Third party timber frame designers

At one point in the past almost all timber frame companies did their frame designs in-house. Over the years what was once a rarity has now become almost commonplace. But since we now have timber frame companies who farm out the “carving” of their timber...

Man vs. Machine, Reprised

Close to two decades ago, when a German company called Hundegger Maschinenbau GmbH first started selling its CNC machines to North American timber frame companies, an outcry from timber frame traditionalists erupted in the Timber Framers Guild magazines. The grass...

A Simple Thing, Part III

When I was a little kid I was almost always in a hurry and my aim was not fully perfected yet. Growing up in a large family of mostly females and living in a small one-bathroom house I well remember the indoctrination stuff about “seat up, aim carefully, seat down.”...

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