What is Timber Framing?

Timber Framing is the centuries old building craft of joining heavy timbers using mortise and tenon joinery. The joinery is secured with hard wood pegs (sometimes referred to as ‘tree nails’). This method was used centuries ago because it predates the use of iron nails. There are many examples of early Timber Frame structures in America that date back to the late 1600’s which are still standing and in use today, and many more in Europe from the 13th and 14th century. 

After the industrial revolution and during the early 20th century, the method of ‘stick framing’ became popular because of the availability of mass produced nails and lumber products and also because of the need to build houses and buildings fast.

The longevity of structures was sacrificed for mass production.

Fast forward to the late 60’s and early 70’s.

A revival of the Timber Frame methods begins. Homeowners begin to desire new ways of building and craftsmen responded by reviving the “old ways”. Excitement about Timber Framing was renewed and has been growing steadily ever since.