Post & Beam Timbers | Drying, Wood Species, & Shrinkage

Timber Drying, Species & Shrinkage I give you this information with a bit of trepidation. If you are anything like me, your enthusiasm could possibly put the cart before the horse- similar to reading assembly instructions only after running into problems. We,...

Tips for Creating Your Signature Home Atmosphere

Creating the an atmosphere in your home that reflects your personal style and signature is a lot like choosing an outfit. You have the main piece and then you add on accessories. All of those added pieces control and personalize the entire appearance. This can easily...

Trial by Fire: The Birth of ATF

Arrow Timber Frame’s official story began with our first post and beam job. But our actual roots go much deeper. My love and fascination with building and creating structures started with building forts and carving projects as a youngster. The History When I was 16, I...

Insulation Trends

According to the latest industry trends, fiberglass looks to have been toppled from its throne as the king of cost-effective insulation. Savvy buyers are choosing a variety of different insulation systems over fiberglass for many reasons. Vapor barriers, mold problems...

Special Message To Pros

If you’ve happened upon this article, chances are that you are doing some research for a current or upcoming project. This is good news for both of us! I’m thrilled to spread the experience of timber living and to help you in any capacity no matter how small. And you,...

Stable Geometric Shapes

In the timber framing industry, one of the most common practices to support walls laterally, is the well-tested knee brace. Depending on the builder, there can be a variety of different methods. Here is an overview of bracing systems used in timber framing....

7 Reasons You Should Build Green

“Building green is no longer just a luxury, it’s a necessity!” Green building is becoming more and more popular among homebuyers. This means fewer materials, less pollution and more eco-friendly habits. I recently had a couple come to me wanting to...

How to Avoid a Structural 98lb Weakling

The # 1 Enemy: Inadequate Planning in Addressing Tension Loads   How will you identify possible weak points in your timber structure? Is it worth your time? Can such a complex issue be summarized in an easy-to-grasp format? If you are mechanically inclined even...

Timber Framing in Europe

An Architectural Design Scavenger Hunt “Dad, we better buy those plane tickets soon!” I put down my book and looked at my daughter, Lucia. It was early spring and about the 4th or 5th time I had heard this reminder in the last 3 months. You see, Lucia had...

The Timberline Lodge Story

How can a structure so beautiful have such an ugly secret? Arrow Timber Framing was grateful to be able to contribute to the Timberline Lodge story in 2010. That has left me with both a feeling of satisfaction and a feeling of conflict. Let me tell you how I...

How to Artistically Mix Logs and Timbers

You are about to learn three ways to mix logs with timber framing construction. This will open a plethora of timber style possibilities which may be the exact touch you’re looking for. I’d like to introduce you to a hybrid log and timber style which has many...

Masonry Heaters: Built Green Tough

– With Stan Homola and Mastercraft Masonry As you know, I have been on the record as an advocate for sustainable green building. To me, sustainable means money savings, energy savings, and headache-free longevity. In other words, it must make sense! Let me...

4 Steps to Your Post and Beam Remodel

Creating post and beam makeovers is our cup of tea! It elevates our heart rates. We love working with architects and clients and seeing the unique solutions created by the cross-pollination of ideas. In some cases, an architect will approach us with new construction...

How to Choose Your Timber Trusses

Handcrafted Custom Timber Trusses 3D Design, Engineering & Fabrication Discuss Timber Truss Options & Costs Step 1. Identify your favorite style(s) of timber truss Step 2. Determine span, wall height, roof pitch & truss spacing/quantity Step 3. Send a...