The centuries-long history of timber framing, with its various ethnic roots in Europe and Asia, has produced an almost infinite variety of wood joints, and the evolution of joinery continues today. As timber framers, we make decisions about the types of joints and their placements on the timbers to best suit the needs of the frame.
The manner in which timbers are connected to each other is vitally important to the strength and integrity of the frame. The timber frames we build incorporate both traditional and state-of-the-art joinery. Much of the joinery we use is a variation of the mortise and tenon joint. To craft this joint, a tenon (a blade or tongue of wood that is cut on one end of a timber parallel to the grain of the wood), is inserted into a mortise in another timber (a rectangular hole of the same dimension as the tenon), and then secured by a wooden peg driven through a hole that is drilled through both the mortise and the tenon.
All of our frames utilize tried-and-true joinery, most of which has a long historical precedent. We craft our joints to rigorous standards of accuracy, as anyone who has witnessed one of our raisings or viewed one of our finished frames will attest to.