Dec 142010

Adriondack Timber Frame Sawyer Ernie Bedard sawing less than straight cherry to make book matched curved brace stockI first met Ernie Bedard of What Knots? Lumber Company in about 1997 when a retired forester named Mitch who lives 6 miles up the road, asked us to build a turn key timber frame addition for his late 1800’s home. Mitch wanted to harvest his own spruce off one of his wood lots and have it sawn into timber, and he knew a chap who had a portable band saw mill who could do it. I confess I was skeptical about this, for I was concerned about the sawyer’s attention to accuracy and how well the mill was tuned up, and I had seen good sawing on such machines, but also a lot of bad sawing. That was before I met Ernie… Continue reading »

Nov 082010

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. Continue reading »