About Us

photo Mark Crabtree
Gathering on the Guelph (Ontario) Bridge, 1992.

Now hiring for TFG Executive Director
20 Jan 2015

The Timber Framers Guild has been operating with an interim Executive Director. After a year of rebuilding, it is now time to return to a hale and hearty Guild, and a permanent ED is an important part of that. We are now accepting applications for the ED position.

We seek an entrepreneurial community builder who can continue our amazing past and further build a successful organization. This person is out there meeting our members, finding out what they need, and inspiring them to be more. He or she can build a medium-difficult spreadsheet while flying to the next gathering. This person knows the concept of bootstrapping—not always taking the frugal road for its own sake, but as a means to the next level, when the successes of that first level are leveraged, and so on. 

While not required, in a perfect world this person will be from the timber frame industry and have sawdust in the blood. Required are proven managerial skills, travel, community outreach, board interaction, conference development, and staff oversight. Our goal is that this position will offer a wage commensurate with its important role, but we acknowledge challenges right now.

On the selection committee are Brenda Baker, Sandy Bennett, Bob Best, Rudy Christian, Rick Collins, Grigg Mullen, Jonathan Orpin, and Andrea Warchaizer, with Laurie Macrae as coach-consultant. The committee will begin reviewing applications and conducting interviews in a couple of weeks, then submit recommendations to the TFG board of directors for final review and determination.

This is a very important time in the future of the Guild. If you have suggestions, please let me know. We look forward to hearing from you.

See our Request for Applications.

Our Mission
The Guild is a nonprofit organized exclusively for educational purposes to 
provide training programs for timber framers, 
disseminate information about timber framing and timber frame building design,
display the art of timber framing to the public, and 
serve as a general center of timber framing information for the professional and general public alike.

Beginnings, Activities
The Timber Framers Guild began in 1984 as a nonprofit educational association. A core group met in their houses and workshops and called a charter conference in June 1985. Some 200 enthusiastic people took part, in a spirit of discovery and fellowship that remains very much alive today.
Since 1985, the Guild has grown sevenfold, maintaining a program of national and regional conferences, sponsoring projects and workshops, creating a U.S. Dept. of Labor–certified apprentice program, and publishing a monthly newsletter, Scantlings, and a quarterly journal, Timber Framing. Leadership is provided by a nine-member elected board who appoint an executive director. Sub-groups include the Traditional Timberframe Resrach and Advisorgy Group and the Timber Frame Engineering Council.

What is timber framing?
Timber framing has been practiced for centuries, and in North America we still build most of our houses and many of our larger buildings of wood. But there are different ways of making the frame or skeleton of the structure. Whereas light frame construction includes many slender sticks of wood simply cut to length and nailed together, a timber frame structure uses fewer, much larger members, shaped at their connections to lock together.

Light frame construction, even when carefully done, is considered rough carpentry, and in dwellings it is always concealed by finished walls and ceilings. Modern timber frame work, by contrast, is generally exposed, and timbers can be as finely prepared as the skill and care of the craftsman allow. Today’s timber-framed house combines the best of the old techniques with the advantages of the new for structural integrity and energy efficiency.