Guild Leadership

Executive Director

Jeff ArvinJeff Arvin
As executive director, I look forward to the journey ahead of us. We have the tools, skills, and experience to create works of even greater relevance and to better serve our families and communities. Our very exciting task is to find ways to implement our ideals. read more »


Mack MageeMack Magee (2016–2018)
I was raised in Chicago and attended Illinois Institute of Technology and Stanford University during my 12-year journey toward a master’s degree in civil engineering. On the way, I completed an apprenticeship in carpentry and practiced in Oregon, Virginia, Washington,... read more »

Brenda BakerBrenda Baker (2016–2018)
Vice President
When Frank and I first started Riverbend Timber Framing in 1979, there wasn’t a Timber Framers Guild. We just loved timber framing.  Frank’s grandfather built an incredible timber frame home in the late ‘40’s so that was the only option... read more »

Steve LawrenceSteve Lawrence (2015–2016)
I have had a varied career. Starting with an apprenticeship in metal working as a fabricator and machinist, I moved into logging and arborist work before starting my timber framing career with Carpenter Oak and Woodland in 1990. I am co-owner... read more »

Bill KeirBill Keir (2015–2017)
I discovered timber framing and converted to carpentry during two years in the Hamptons, then won a fellowship to spend three months in 1990 working with New England–based timber framers. It was an epiphany. This is when I first joined... read more »

Jonathan OrpinJonathan Orpin (2015–2017)
Past President
I am founder and president of two companies:  New Energy Works Timberframers, founded in the mid '80s, and  Pioneer Millworks, founded in 1990.  Combined, they have 120 co-workers in shops in western New York and the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Both... read more »

Directors at Large

Leon BuckwalterLeon Buckwalter (2016–2018)
am the sixth of 11 children of a Mennonite minister and dairy farmer. I am a lifelong woodworker and have been self-employed as a contractor and proprietor of Ischua Valley Timber Frames for 20 years before starting a second career as... read more »

Rick CollinsRick Collins (2015–2017)
I have been involved in the construction industry for 16 years, beginning as an enlisted Marine combat engineer. Over the last decade I have grown Trillium Dell Timberworks through various iterations, and I am now currently co-owner in a strong... read more »

Michael CubaMichael Cuba (2016–2018)
Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Michael moved to Vermont in the mid 90’s where, as a student at Goddard College, he first began to hone his woodworking skills. His career in restoration timber framing began while working at the Institute... read more »

Ellen GibsonEllen Gibson (2015–2017)
In 1998 I managed the woodshop at Mass. College of Art. Two faculty members returned from a timber framing workshop at Heartwood School with a new passion and I was introduced to the Guild, participating in conferences and projects. I... read more »

Gabel HolderGabel Holder (2014–16)
I started timber framing while finishing college with my brother Whit after he discovered the craft and said, "Hey, man, we could do this!" I agreed, and so began the process of building a business and learning a craft all at once. Throughout that process over the last 15 years, the Guild has been a real source of knowledge, skills, wisdom, friendship, and inspiration. read more »

Stephen MorrisonStephen Morrison (2015–2016)
I started woodworking straight out of high school, building furniture in a shop in Atlanta and working in a cabinet shop in Montana. Coming back to the Southeast to work as a raft guide, I stumbled into timber framing quite... read more »

Al WallaceAl Wallace (2014–16)
A 25-year member of the TFG, I serve on the board of directors overseeing communications and website development. I served as an F-15 pilot in the Air Force and then worked for Silicon Valley companies for 15 years. In 2006, I founded Energy Environmental... read more »


Megan Starr
Executive Assistant
Bellingham, Washington

Allison Aurand
Communications Director
Bellingham, Washington

Sue Warden
Office Manager
Hancock, Massachusetts

Ken Rower
Newbury, Vermont

Susan Witter
Special Projects
Bellingham, Washington