reasons why I'm fascinated with timber framing are many. I find myself
marvel at the incredible craftsmanship of carpenters in centuries gone
by, with their variety of techniques and design so closely connected to
the surrounding countryside and the time from which they emerged.
as much am I amazed by the material, the wood itself, lasting for
centuries and being unique with every tree. I try to source the wood I
use (mainly green oak) as locally to the job as possible. I see it as
an important contribution to a functioning forestry and to renewing
ecosystems in this country.
the same time I enjoy being involved in the work to a great extent-
from sourcing the wood, sometimes cutting (or even hand - converting)
it, to the final frame, with rafters, floors and weatherboarding if
applicable. Challenging, innovative designs keep the creativity
flowing. To me, timber framing is a method and green oak a material
that continue to inspire me - I'd like to see more rather than less of