In the building industry the local movement refers to more than just good produce. In the timber framing business here in the Adirondacks, it also refers to my favorite building material: wood. I have a great love and reverence for wood and my craft allows me to work with wood in a relatively natural state.
One of the great joys of timber framing is working with real (and frequently large) pieces of wood, rather than many of the building materials in the construction industry that bear little resemblance to trees. Like any business, procuring materials for timber framing is a challenging mix of cost, availability, and quality. And of course, finding good suppliers who say what they are going to do, and then do what they say.