In the spring of 1985, I toured an open house of a new timber frame home in Annapolis, Maryland. That singular experience lead me to hit the road in a 1968 travel trailer, going from job site to job site installing structural insulated panels on timber frame homes all over New England. By the end of that year I had worked on frames built by Benson, Brookes, and Buffton, all legends in the revival of the art timber framing. And that was just the B’s!
Timber framing led me to panels and panels led me right back to timber framing where the company I founded in 1993, Foard Panel Inc. focused on the designing, engineering, and installation of panels on timber frames all over New England and beyond. The most exciting thing for me these days is I am beginning to see more and more in the timber framing industry, the “second generation” take over all these amazing companies. Going forward my hope is to see a strong Guild that helps the next generation continue to thrive in this remarkable craft industry.