Methods & Materials - Craftsmen in Timber Framing and Traditional Carpentry

Authentic Timber Framing & Traditional Carpentry

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Welcome To Methods & Materials - Timber Framing and Traditional Carpentry

Timber Framing : Beautiful, Strong and Long-Lasting Construction

So you want to build a timber frame? Here's how we can help you!


Who We Are, What We Do, and Why We Do What We Do:

We 're timber framing craftspeople - we build houses, barns and buildings of many different shapes and sizes. We also build trusses, gates, bridges and other similar structures. All of our work is hand-crafted, precisely joined and securely built using current best practices, balanced with a respect for centuries of traditional timber carpentry.

But there's more to us than that; we're not just builders. We do this because we're passionate about timber framing and timber frame homes, about historic preservation, about craftsmanship and employing traditional carpentry to build high quality timber buildings and structures. Aside from the hand crafting of wooden timber buildings, joinery and traditional carpentry, our life experiences matter; they provide us guidance and wisdom to make choices consistent with the plan at hand.

Traditional timber framing is the use of heavy timbers joined together with interlocking joints and pegs to form a structural skeleton for supporting something. Historically, it’s found in ships (shipwrights), barn construction, church and cathedral architecture, home construction, covered bridges, and small commercial structures; perhaps a farm stand or park band shell. Timber frame construction uses King Posts, Queen Posts, and mortise and tenon joinery. In one form or another, mortise and tenon joinery has been used for many hundreds of years, perhaps even more than a thousand years.

We use our own saw mill to turn logs into beautiful structural timbers, and we recycle and reclaim old barn wood, especially when we find old timbers and vintage wood of different varieties of oak (white oak, red oak, etc).

Our shop is in Gilbertsville in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 50 miles outside of Philadelphia in the tri-county area of Montgomery County, Chester County and Berks County. Geographically speaking, we'll go anywhere to work on the "right" project. We will build locally in Pennsylvania, especially the Philadelphia area suburbs in Bucks County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Lehigh Valley, Lancaster County, and in the Poconos (Pocono Mountains), North Hampton County, but also in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Delaware, and we've even gone far away as South America!

Please visit our "About Us" page to learn about our experience and training, or our "Portfolio" page to view photographs of Methods & Materials projects, or our "Services" page to read about exactly how we can help you.

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