Timber Frame

The use of sawn logs (or hewn) is the centuries old alternative to working with logs.  From Phoenician times (King Solomon's temple in Jerusalem) through the histories of Eurasia, working builders sought to modify and embellish wood, and with the early development of geometry (a flat surface is a beautiful thing) complex roof joinery could be more readily achieved.

We work in a loosely North American style, borrowing from the rich heritage of Old World framing as did our predecessors.  Here in the Northwest, generous roof overhangs, covered entries, and good natural light are important design considerations.

We build frames based on bent assemblies - repeated principal patterns sequentially connected.  We also alter this method at times in favour of a more fluid, continuous plate and post layout sharing features common to Japanese traditions.



We continually research and refine our techniques, exploring other influences so that we can draw from a rich source of historical expressions.

Special timber surface treatments

  • historical head-rig sawn - buffed to highlight grain and sawn pattern

  • planed - (if kiln dried this will be done at the mill) otherwise easily included as part of handcrafting process

  • adzed - a refined pattern - our signature surface


The beauty of traditional joinery