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Timber framing as we now practice it goes back to the 12th and 13th centuries in Europe, although the mortice & tenon goes back to Roman times. England and France both have incredibly rich timber building traditions, as do most other European and eastern-European countries as well as most of Scandinavia. There are countless medieval timber frames still standing in each of these countries, each with a particular regional style, and its own vocabulary of joinery that was used and passed on through the centuries. These buildings are a living testament to the strength and longevity of traditional timber frame construction, and are like an outdoor museum for those wishing to study the craft’s history

During our time working in Europe, we found that it wasn’t just the techniques that were different - the end product was considerably different than what is found in North America. The biggest difference is the use of French Scribing techniques which allow the carpenter to join large timbers together that are irregular in nature. This was important in medieval times as most of the timber used was hand hewn, pit sawn, curved or generally out of square.

As a result, timber of any shape can be integrated into the frame, especially curved timber, and the results are often spectacular. Contrary to the modern North American belief that timber must always be straight and square, naturally curved or irregular timber is sought out and celebrated in European framing. Using curves also gives commercial value to a larger portion of the tree and increases the sustainability of the craft. We embrace this philosophy and showcase curved timber in the frames we build. If however, the look and feel you’re trying to create with your project demands cleaner, rectilinear lines, we can accommodate this just as easily.

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