Timber Frames

Timber Framing: The art of joining timbers, both vertical and horizontal together with neither nails nor screws is an engineered art form.

Traditional timber framing is the method of building structures using large squared-off or rectangle timbers by joining each timber to the next with joints secured by wooden pegs (mortise and tenon) for the most part, timber rafters are a different story.  Timber framing was commonplace in both wooden and stone buildings in the 19th century and earlier.

Timber framing derived from making structures out of logs and tree trunks. With the use of axes, adzes, draw kinives, auger, drill bits  and knowledge, artisans would assemble a structure capable of bearing heavy weight with minimum use of interior vertical support posts.

We at Hampshire Timber Frame build “True” timber frame homes. (Timber Frame vs Post & Beam) Since our timber frames bear the entire weight of the structure, load-bearing interior walls are now unnecessary and cathedral ceilings are possible. Due to the strength of our timber frames, home designs work particularly well utilizing open floor plans. Our timber framing structures are very precise and are drawn and cut to 1/32nd of an inch.