A Memorable Experience

A few months back an attractive young dental hygienist who had just started with my dentist’s practice had me in her chair for the first time and in a sincere effort to lubricate the gears of social interaction led off with this beauty: “So, are you retired?” It was a...

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...

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...

A Free Lunch

There’s always a sense of excitement in the office when the phone rings and it’s a new prospective client on the other end. We know that the client is excited, too. I mean, who would be contemplating spending a pretty fair chunk of change on a new home or an addition...

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