About Us

We’re called Lancaster County Timber Frames, but we’re actually located in York county (it’s a long story), on the other side of the Susquehanna River. One of the high points of any work day is when a client — or a prospective client — finds the time to stop in for a visit. Unless all our craftsmen are on job-sites, we can show you how we hand-carve timber frames, give you a chance to meet all the folks working on your frame, show you samples of the kinds of wood we use, the joinery we do, and so on.

One other benefit of a visit to our facilities is being able to tour a couple of our projects that are nearby. We’ve worked just about everywhere from Nantucket to New Mexico, so it’s a real boon having some of our work within minutes of our shop and open to our clients. We hope you’ll take the time to visit.

“Each and every one of our timber frames is carved in our own shop, by our own craftsmen, by hand.”

Mission Statement

We all share a deeply-felt need to create dwellings that are unique expressions of our values and aspirations. Lancaster County Timber Frames exists to help others satisfy that need.

Timber frame construction has long been associated with this elemental drive. Lancaster County Timber Frames is dedicated to the preservation and elevation of this traditional craft.

We strive always — passionately and creatively — to hand-craft timber frames that enhance the spaces they define, that reflect and uplift the spirit of our clients, that exceed our clients’ expectations and nurture future generations.

Details, Perfection, Integrity – These are the watchwords that govern our daily work.

Our People

One of the original founders of the company, Tony has been a timber framer for more than three decades. In an earlier career Tony was a drafting and architectural design instructor, and he was the original designer at LCTF, doing everything the old-fashioned way, with a T-square and a drafting table. We don’t let him out of the office much anymore, but from the first to last, Tony remains intimately involved with the progress of every project we do. Over the years he’s built four houses for himself, each with varying amounts of timber framing. A motorcycle and British sports car enthusiast, collector (of model trains, vintage chemistry erector sets) and connoisseur of fine things, an epicurean, a film buff with near-photographic recall, amateur humorist and much more, Tony’s joie de vivre is the first and last thing anybody notices about him. He lives with his wife Barb, two dachshunds, and three cats in Lititz, Lancaster county.

Tony Zaya

Founder-President

Also one of the original founders of the company, Joe has been involved in the timber framer’s craft for well over twenty years. Joe and Tony have variously been competitors, co-workers, and, for the last fourteen years, business partners. Joe can most often be found on our job sites directing the always challenging but also extremely satisfying task of erecting our frames. He can also be found at just about every Timber Framers Guild conference, the eastern ones and the western ones, as well. And when it’s a western conference, he usually takes the opportunity to make a side trip to his Montana ranch to clear brush, plant trees, and generally get things ready to build a retirement home.He’s an avid marksman and horse whisperer, and lives in a timber framed home of his own making in the hills of Lancaster county. He’s a dedicated family man who loves to spend time with his son John and daughter Lauren, and with his wife Joanne and her family.

Joe McCarthy Lancaster County Timber Frames

Joe McCarthy

Founder-Senior Vice President

Partner and head of our design team, Josh holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is in his tenth year at LCTF. Many of our large commercial projects move through Josh’s capable hands, and he has designed and project-managed many of our most conspicuous commercial and residential projects. He is a Certified Professional Building Designer, recognized by the American Institute of Building Design, and he’s working towards licensure as a professional engineer (P.E.). He lives in the country in Lancaster county with his wife Kate and kids Nina, Miles, Quinn, and Coralee.

Josh Coleman

Vice President Design

Partner, member of the design team, writer of blogs and news stories and books and articles, Tim’s life experiences are even more varied than the multiple hats he wears at LCTF. Raised in Southeast Asia, educated in Asia, the US and Europe, Tim has done work connected in one way or another with the architectural design and building disciplines since the early 80’s. He and his wife Rauthild raised their two sons Nik and Hayden in York, but they visit their far-flung and extremely extended families in Asia and Europe whenever they can.

Tim Diener

V.P. Operations

Most of us at LCTF wear a couple of different hats. Amy has a closet full of them. Partner and member of the Timber Frame Business Council’s board of directors, Amy’s duties here run the gamut from finance management, contract administration, purchasing and sourcing, to travel coordinator, logistician, and marketing and advertising coordinator. Hers is the bright, cheery voice you hear when you give us a call. A childhood tomboy, she originally came to us for a job in the shop. That was nineteen years ago. Her family consists of her husband, two kids, and two rambunctious dogs. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering as a youth group leader, running, and remodeling her 1930’s farmhouse.

Amy Good

V.P. – Finance

Mike Eenigenberg has been with LCTF for 4 1/2 years, leading as shop foreman for the last 3 of them. It is under his watchful, skillful eye (and hand) that the fabrication of our timber frames occur, averaging between 30-34 frames per year.
Mike is a graduate of Williamson College of the Trades and resides in Reading, PA with his wife Jayme and 4 kids. When not working, he can be found playing most any sport, spending time with his family or renovating his home. Mike really fits our “It’s all in the details” motto and has been a great addition to the team/family.

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Mike Eenigenberg

Shop Foreman

Emily Wood joined our team in April 2017 to help handle some general administrative tasks for LCTF. Because of her willingness to learn and her keen eye for detail, she quickly became much more than that. Emily now handles most of the bookkeeping, administrative and financial reporting for our projects and continues to learn new skills and ways to use her talents. It is her kind voice you often hear when you call our office.
Emily is currently enrolled at Harrisburg Community College in the Business Administration program and is scheduled to graduate in 2020 with an Associate in Science. When not juggling full time hours at LCTF and college classes, she enjoys playing tennis and bocce ball, going for hikes and spending time with friends. Emily lives in Elizabethtown with her husband Brent.

EMILY WOOD - Lancaster County Timber Frames

Emily Wood

Jack Wagner joined the LCTF family in May 2019. He brings training and skill using SketchUp, AutoCAD and Revit, along with experience with field surveys and hands-on woodworking. He hit the ground running in our design department, drafting and learning the craft of timber framing.
Jack holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science from the Architectural Technology program at Thaddeus Stevens College where he was a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students. He has volunteered with both Habitat for Humanity and Water Street Rescue Mission. When not at work, Jack enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, traveling and watching football. Jack lives in Manheim with his family.

Jack Wagner

Jake Kern joined our family in February 2016 with some experience in construction and timber frame rehab work. What he may have lacked in training and timber frame experience, he possessed in heart, reliability and eagerness to learn. After over three years and many complex timber frames, we are grateful for the investment in training, as Jake has become a talented timber framer. He even participates in the training of some new hires. We are certainly proud of his work and effort that he has put in over the years.
Jake is a graduate of Grove City College. When not at work, he can be found playing soccer, making live-edge furniture, spending time with family locally or at the beach. Jake resides in Lancaster with his girlfriend.

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Jake Kern

Greg Cunningham joined the crew in September 2017, coming from a background that varied from residential remodeling and trim carpentry to framing. He has become a valuable member of the team in both the shop and in the field, utilizing the talents he came to us with. The skills he has learned in the art of timber framing and his kind demeanor are appreciated by all here at LCTF.
When not at work, Greg enjoys camping, kayaking, traveling and, most importantly, anything that involves time with his family. Greg is the proud father of four kids. He resides in Manchester, MD with his wife, Rebecca and family.

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Greg Cunningham

Ed Lobley joined the LCTF family in August 2019. Ed is a craftsman/woodworker at heart, including a heavy focus on custom cabinetry. Having been a Sergeant in the Marine Corps, he comes to LCTF with varied skills and leadership capabilities.
Ed holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Penn State and received a bronze star from his service with the Marine Corps. When not at work, Ed can be found spending time with his wife and one year old son, working on his property, mountain bike riding and playing with his two dogs, Moose & Jessie. Ed resides in Lebanon with his wife Kate and son Jackson.

ED LOBLEY - Lancaster County Timber Frames

Ed Lobley

Will Johnson joined the LCTF family in June 2019 after having worked with some of our crew last summer as a volunteer on the Fairfield Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph timber frame. Will also has experience as a drystone waller and carpenter. We look forward to seeing how these skills intertwine with the timber framing trade.
When not at work, Will loves to do pretty much anything outdoors, including hiking, camping, and skiing – adventure is the name of the game. He lives with his family in Shiremanstown, PA

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Will Johnson

Kirby Umholtz

Josiah Zimmerman

Justin Niblett joined the team in February 2019. He is currently enrolled in Building/Construction Management at HAAC. Justin comes to us with a wide array of various past positions held, including carpentry, painting, electrical, roofing, management and rot rehabilitation work. His eye for detail and management experience lend themselves well to make him a great addition to the team.
When not at work, Justin can be found working on woodworking projects, playing guitar, spending time with family and just enjoying life. He lives in New Cumberland with his wife, Tara and son.

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Justin Niblett

Kate Feeser

Nate Dubbs

James Couch joined our crew in October 2018 as one of the youngest members of our team. He is a graduate of the York County School of Technology – Carpentry Division. James has experience in contracting and remodeling and is learning the craft of timber framing, adding tools and talent as he goes.
When not at work, James enjoys hunting and fishing and lives in Dallastown with his family.

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James Couch

A York native, Patches was with LCTF for more than 15 years, and during that time many a hapless mouse met with a gruesome end. If she were big enough, she’d probably eat us, too. For all of those years she was the serving chair-feline of the greeting committee.

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Patches (in memoriam)

Our Shop & Offices

  • Shop & Facilities:

    We have two shop buildings, just feet apart from each other: one is used for carving and pre-fitting, the other for finishing and storage. On sunny days in all but the winter months the doors are opened up and the work spills out into the outdoors, in the heart of York County farmland. Timbers are never left in a stack outside, though. Everything is stored indoors to make sure that we — and you — have the best quality raw material available.

  • Design Office:

    In addition to three full-time designers, at least three more of our shop floor craftsmen are conversant with the design process and software, and when we have a heavy design work load they can pitch in to keep things moving swiftly and smoothly. Having designers experienced in shop and site work, and craftsmen experienced in the design end of things, is one of the keys of our quality control program.

  • Front Office:

    Our back office — which is actually in front — is the nerve center for managing project flow and all the little nuts and bolts that go along with that. All communication passes through Amy Good’s very capable hands.

Timber framing with a chisel
Lancaster County Timber Frames Office
Timber frame parts staged in the LANCOTF workshop

Awards Won

Inc5000, Daily5 Remodel, GuildMaster,
Historic Preservation Trust…

Community of the Year 2016

The Potomac Shores master-planned community has been chosen as the “2016 Community of the Year” at the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association’s “Great American Living Awards” (GALA) in October in McLean, Virginia. Potomac Shores was developed by SunCal and covers 1,920 acres. Lancaster County Timber Frames’ contribution consisted of four separate structures: The main Recreation Barn, the Social Barn, the Market Pavilion, and the Pool Pavilion.

Guild Master — 2014-2010

GuildQuality has awarded Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc. the “2011 Guild Master Award” for its exceptional customer satisfaction rating. GuildQuality is an independent third party rating organization that surveys and reports on customer satisfaction for construction professionals. This is the fifth straight year that Lancaster County Timber Frames has received this award.

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County – 2013

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County at its 2013 honored twelve construction projects for excellence. In the category of Master Craftsman, specifically for ”meritorious efforts to save a historic structure” through master-level building skills and knowledge, the award went to Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc., Rettew Associates and Bulldog Construction..

Association for Bridge Construction and Design, Susquehanna Chapter — 2013

The Association for Bridge Construction and Design, Susquehanna Chapter, selected the Siegrist’s Mill Covered Bridge resoration project for its Outstanding Context-Sensitive Solution Bridge Design Award. The award recognizes projects that exemplify superb technical merit, constructibility, innovation, and aesthetics. Firms involved in this project are Rettew Associates – engineering; Bulldog Construction – roadwork and abutments; and Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc. – the bridge.

TFBC Sexiest Frame Award — 2012

The Timber Frame Business Council holds and annual competition for the most interesting and impressive un-enclosed timber frames. The contest is open to all timber frames and is judges by industry professionals, contestants, timber frame enthusiasts, builders — anyone who wants to be heard.

Daily5 Remodel — 2011

We recently took first prize in a contest conducted by the Daily 5 Remodel website, a construction industry intelligence organization. The contest was sponsored by the Rosboro company, the country’s largest manufacturer of glulams and other wood construction products.

INC. 5000 — 2009, 2007

On Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc. was named to the 2009 Inc5000 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. It is the second appearance on this list for LCTF, Inc.; the first appearance was in 2007.

Woodworks Award — 2009

For its work on the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel on the campus of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc., along with WGM Design, Inc., was honored with the Woodworks Award. This award acknowledges well-designed wood based solutions that exhibit creativity in innovative commercial structures that push the boundaries of conventional practice. For a brief film showcasing the chapel’s architecture and Lancaster County Timber Framing’s craftsmanship, click on the following link: Chapel Video

Best of the Web — 2009

The Lancaster County Timber Frames website was selected as first runner-up in the Construction/Real Estate Division at the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2009 Best of the Web award ceremony.

2007 — Winner Philadelphia Magazine’s Home and Garden 2007 Dream Kitchen Contest – Contemporary Category

Kops Residence (Design: John Hubert Architects & John Hubert Associates)

2005 — AIA Eastern Pennsylvania

Design Awards Program Award of Excellence Kolbe Residence

2004, 1999,98 — ABC, Inc.

2004 Regional Merit Award, Residential Division Risk Residence Article, 1999 National Merit Award, Residential Division Hamilton Barn, 1998 PA State Merit Award, Commercial Division Plain-N-Fancy Restaurant, 1998 PA State 1st Place, Residential Division (First Perfect Score Given in PA) Hamilton Barn

2003 — 19th Annual Timber Framers Guild Conference

People’s Choice Award Project Expo ‘The Wedge’ Restaurant at Liberty Forge Golf Course

2002 — 18th Annual Timber Framers Guild Conference

People’s Choice Award Project Expo Haar Residence
Article

2002 — Pittsburgh Magazine

8th Annual Superior Interior Award (Residences Over 3,500 Square Feet) Celento Henn Residence
Article

2002 — Pittsburgh Magazine

8th Annual Superior Interior Award (Residences Over 3,500 Square Feet) Celento Henn Residence
Article

2000 — Dewalt

Dewalt National Woodworking Masterpiece Award Vastyan Residence
Article

2017 – Central Penn Business Journal

Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc. ranks No. 239 in the TOP 250 private companies in central Pennsylvania.

Trade & Business
Associations

Following is a list of professional
organizations in which we are members.

Timber Framers Guild

National Federation of Independent Business

Timber Frame Business Council

Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

BBB

Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society

United States Chamber of Commerce

National Trust For Historic Preservation

Guild Quality

Who We’ve Worked With

We’ve worked with over 200 different architects and builders. Click below to see an unedited list of them.

CompanyContactLocationPhone No
Alberto Associates, Inc.Don McGarrigleHaddonfield, NJ856-354-1223
Alesker & Dundon, Inc. (2 projects)Bill AleskerPhiladelphia, PA215-235-1200
Alexander Design StudioGareth MorganEllicott City, MD410-465-8207
Allan Greenberg Architect, LLCBill BourqueWashington, D.C.202-337-0010

So what is it with this fascination with timber framing? The answers are simple: Timber frames are structural sculpture. They lift the spirit and soothe the soul.

Letter From The President

After teaching architectural drawing and woodworking to the young for twenty years, I gave in to my growing obsession with timber framing and left my chosen profession to pursue this craft.

For the first two years, my shop was an open air affair — my driveway. Then came a shop that I built mostly from discarded material. It was small and uninsulated, but the rain, snow and most of the wind stayed outside. After another shop1eight years, operations were moved to a 13,000 sq. ft. shop and design studio. Now we had an overhead crane and soon after a forklift. These conveniences came after one of my lumbar discs exploded, the meniscus in my left knee ruptured and the ulnar nerve in my left elbow called it quits.

People who knew me from my teaching period have often asked, hopefully with at least some tongue in cheek, what it now feels like to actually work for a living. Granted, I now have much longer days, and the three months of summer break are a foggy memory. I loved teaching, but it was demanding and, at times, emotionally draining. Teaching was hard; this craft is a dream. A grown man should not have this much fun. I still have the worn Erector Sets, the American Plastic Bricks and the Lincoln Logs of my youth (actually in a corner of my office here) as well as the fond memories of the hay bale forts and the numerous tree houses that I built. Now I get to do all that on a bigger and even more exciting scale.

So what is it with this fascination with timber framing? The answers are simple: Timber frames are structural sculpture. They lift the spirit and soothe the soul. Timber frames demand damn near perfection in their execution. Mistakes in design, sloppy joinery and inattention to detail cannot be hidden behind drywall or filled with putty or covered by paint. And, timber framing has a proven history measured not in centuries, but in millennia. I have been in timber frame structures that have been in continuous use for over a thousand years. Such a level of permanence almost moves one to kneel. Finally, timber framing is a method, not a style. Through frame design, detailing, species selection and finish, almost any feel or mood can be achieved.

There are eighteen of us in the company. We are a small company and will stay that way. We design, engineer and carve our own frames. And, we raise our own frames. None of us has the desire to mass produce cookie cutter timber frames; none of us want to feed raw timbers into some soulless CNC machine.

If I were a timid soul and if I would have anything even close to a regret it would be this: after more than three decades of gathering the people together who form this company, after searching for those with a burning passion, those who have a talent for creating and fashioning and those who believe that perfection is attainable, I have slowly come to the realization that, were I not the president, if I were to apply for a position here I am not fully sure I would be hired. But, I am not a timid soul so, for this unanticipated consequence I’ll assume full responsibility and feel some pride.