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Who can join the Guild?

Membership in the Timber Framers Guild (TFG) is open to any individual or business interested in timber framing. Our members include timber framers, students, engineers, architects, designers, business owners, timber purveyors, tool suppliers, teachers, historians, preservationists, sustainable builders, industry suppliers, owners, and aficionados.

Why join?
Members connect with individuals who are passionate about timber framing, learn more about timber framing, take part in community building projects, educate others, and invest in the work of the Timber Framers Guild. In addition, by joining a Guild Council, you can pursue your specific interests in the community. Our Councils include the Timber Frame Engineering Council, Traditional Timber Framing Advisory Group, TFG Companies, and Apprenticeship Training Council.

What are the member options and benefits?

Individual and Family Members can connect with timber framers around the world, attend conferences, and participate in community building projects. Individual members also receive a subscription to TIMBER FRAMING Journal, Scantlings newsletter, and receive member rates on events and Guild store items.  Read More Here

TFG Companies: Craft, and the craft of business, are deeply intertwined. Our goal is to build a vital timber frame community with a strong market where all can thrive. Well-run companies are the key to a prosperous industry. TFG assists Guild Companies by offering educational opportunities for developing business skills and creating collective public outreach programs designed to increase awareness – we tell the story of timber framing. Every company, no matter your service or size, can join and receive value. The rates are affordable, the value great. Read more here

Visionary Partners (VP): are those companies that make an additional contribution to support the mission and activities of the TFG. Funds received from VP members are used to expand our educational programming, member communications, and additional services to all members. In exchange Visionary Partners receive recognition as industry leaders, additional exposure in the marketplace, and bundled TFG products and services at a substantial discount over à la carte pricing.  Read more here

What Councils can I join once I am a member?

Timber Frame Engineering Council
The Timber Frame Engineering Council formed in 2005 at a Guild conference in recognition of the considerable number of structural engineers among the Guild membership and in response to a felt need for systematic research, discussion and codification of timber frame joinery and structural practices. Our members are dedicated to advancing the technology of timber frame engineering.

Traditional Timber Framing Advisory Group
Membership in TTRAG is for those Guild members who actively pursue a better understanding of historic timber-framed structures and techniques. TTRAG members meet annually in a location rich in historic timber structures, present illustrated talks to each other, and follow a historic buildings tour. In addition, the group produces an annual public conference that includes speakers from outside the Guild and tours of local historic buildings.

TFG Companies (see above)

Apprenticeship Training Council
The Apprentice Training Program, through its registration at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a nationally certified training program for timber framing. Curriculum outlines were developed over ten years by founding Guild member Will Beemer with extensive help from other members. The program was formally registered at the DOL in 2009 and continues to develop testing, graduate apprentices, and certify journeyworkers.

How do I sign up?

Just click the BEGIN APPLICATION.  If you have questions, feel free to contact the office at or 360.746.6571. 

If you are already a member of the Guild, but would like to join any of the Councils, please contact the Guild office directly.

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