Client Testimonials

The clientele of Arrow Timber are some of the finest people on planet earth. If you’re intrigued by any of these testimonials, feel free to reach out and ask for contact information. Many of them have agreed to talk to people considering Arrow Timber for a building project. Contact Us

In 2009 we at US Digital transformed a large vacant space above our fabrication facility at US digital into an outreach center as a way of giving back to the community. Arrow Timber Framing was originally called in to construct a circular timber stairway for the outreach lobby. During the building process, an idea surfaced which reflected the true intent of the outreach center. This idea would bring warmth into the previously cold and sterile commercial area. The burst of inspiration was to build a stairway which meandered around a Play Room, Lounge, and Coffee Bar. We are thrilled with our lobby which has a very warm and welcoming feel and utilizes the space for congregating. I can confidently vouch for Arrow’s ability to deliver lasting value with conscientious craftsmanship and well thought out ideas.

David Madore – US Digital


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Mt. Adams Cabin


I cannot recommend Arrow Timber too highly! Bert Sarkkinen and his crew recently helped me build a cabin on Mt. Adams.

When I asked Bert to build the cabin, my main concern was acquiring the look and all of the design features in the cabin that I had been thinking about during the years I’d been planning it. I knew Arrow could get me exactly what I wanted, but when I was looking at the first two-dimensional blueprint there was no way to get a feel for what I was really getting. I was relying on ATF to turn that blueprint into a 3-D model and create the cabin of my dreams.

Planning the cabin was an evolving process. Bert and I worked together quite some time. First, I sent pictures to him of truss designs and pictures of purlins that I liked. Then he would combine the ideas I sent to him in his 3D model. Working together with Bert, we were able to come up with a design I liked better than all of the pictures I sent to him. It was incredible, because when I turned my ideas over to Bert, he was able to use design concepts and ideas that I wasn’t even aware of to make the design far better than what I had requested!

The workmanship was really above average in regards to how everything came together. The appearance and artistry of old world mortise and tenon joinery is fascinating!

I’ve never been through the process of building a custom home or cabin before, so Arrow took the lead, got the trusses engineered, took care of all of the county’s requirements, and kept me from having to stress over anything!

Of course there’s always a certain amount of stress when investing money in a dream home or cabin, and you’re unsure of what’s going to take place. The whole experience of working with ATF and my framing contractor, however, was very rewarding and the project came together better than I could have envisioned! 

If anyone is considering hiring Bert and wants to talk to a past client, I will gladly talk to them! Just contact Bert and ask for my contact info!

Thank You Arrow Timber!

Sincerely, Gary Mack – Owner of Business Presenter’s Workshops, LLC

My husband had know how much I enjoyed the look and the atmosphere that timber framing portrays that a few years ago he surprised me with a beautiful new timber framed kitchen. I love the exposed beams and trusses. They give my house a rustic yet homey and comforting vibe. Berts crew expertly and beautifully installed the beams and trusses so quick (one weekend) and efficient. I know that any future timber framing we have done, the first person we’ll call is Bert! Thank you Arrow for helping make my house feel like home.

– Heidi & Dean Kahoon


This is our second home Bert and Arrow Timber have framed for me. From plan review to engineering and foundation Bert played a key role in making all the pieces fit together seamlessly. Kelvin, Bert’s foreman, on the job was very communicative and adaptive to our needs and had no issues with on-site change orders, as this was a custom home. The neighbors commented to me, that Bert’s crew was clean, professional and as quiet as could be expected. Obviously I can attest to that, they basically left no carbon footprint. I don’t want to leave my home but if I had to build again, Bert and Arrow Timber would be the only crew I would use.

~Tim McMillan


I just wanted to thank Arrow Timber Framing for the outstanding job you did on my timber framed pavilion. I cannot tell you how much we enjoy the work of art that you designed, and the craftsmanship that you were able to put into our structure at our home. You have a skill that is hard to find these days. In addition, everyone that sees it is amazed at both your design, and your quality.

As the owner and a general contractor myself, I must say that working with a company like yours, and the workers you have, is a special treat. I would recommend you to anyone interested in a quality structure with a type of craftsmanship that is difficult to find. They wouldn’t be disappointed!

Don’t hesitate to have clients call me or come and see what you are capable of doing for them. I’m sure they will be amazed.

~ Mike Richart

We first met Bert a few years back at the Log and Timber Home Show in Portland, Oregon.  We were interested in building a “hybrid” log-style home incorporating timber features. We were very impressed with Bert’s work and continued to follow his projects as we developed plans for our new home.  We always valued Bert’s approach to his work as a fine art instead of just another commonly found step in the construction process.  About three years later, we were finally ready to build and we worked directly with Bert on planning and implementing the “timber accents” in our home.  Bert was excellent to work with throughout the planning and construction phases.  Bert and the whole Arrow crew designed and installed impressive custom supports for our upstairs balcony as well as our “show stopper” timber entry.  Both are commonly admired for their impressive size and beauty, as well as their design and craftsmanship.   

We were happy to have gotten to know Bert better throughout the process and we were left feeling like we had made a new friend.   We look forward to many years of enjoyment from Arrow Timber Framing’s craftsmanship.  We would highly recommend Arrow for any project you may be considering.  Sincerely, Doug and Juliana Pearson, Battle Ground, WA 

​I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how pleased we are with our new opportunity to spend more time in the outdoors! Why we selected Arrow Timber: when comparing quotes we looked at the four drivers to selecting a builder; Price, quality, schedule and safety. Each element was not equally weighted; Price was in the driver’s seat, but timely completion and quality were significant factors we used to compare builders. Within the “Price” was an element we called price certainty. This was a softer side to the cost evaluation that really speaks to our sense the builder was not going to ‘nickel and dime’ us to complete the project on time and true to vision we discussed. We spent time communicating the end product and did not want to know all the details on how to get there. The ‘nickel and dime’ changes to the price would typically outstrip the cost differentials between builders.

Quality was a strong runner up to price. We were naturally driven to the lowest cost, but not at an expense of quality. With Arrow Timber we saw a history of past successes and structures that were built ‘right the first time’.

Schedule, about 10 years ago we had our home built. We co-contracted the construction of our home. It was extremely frustrating to have subcontractors come to do their part only to see them leave the incomplete, it was always tomorrow they’d finish or they’d be back next week to finish their work. It was extremely important to have someone that would start the work timely and finish the work within the time quoted. No excuses.

Safety, as the home owner there is an exposure to workers injuries. In our discussion with Bert we were satisfied his crews would put safety first. In summary, we were very pleased working with Bert & Arrow Timber. What was promised… was delivered. That simple.

– Robert A. Elliott

Mark and I have really enjoyed the beautiful covered backyard living space that your team fast efficiently and cleanly built for our family. Not only do we spend a lot of our time out back during the summer but we came to realize just how year round accessible it is. This winter we have hosted many family gatherings outback by our warm firepit. I even put my kids’ sandbox on the patio this winter so they too can enjoy it. During our planning stage Bert was so helpful in helping to give us ideas and we appreciated how he could so expertly draw up a sketch of his ideas. Now what was once the blueprint he made for us has now become our second living room. Thank you to Bert’s team and Bert.”

– Mark & Erika Halberg

“Bert and his Team have completed phase one on our home that is currently under construction. We couldn’t be happier for our decision to go with Arrow Timber. Bert has been so helpful in the design work and so inspiring to us. It’s like he can see what I have visualized. His crew has great expertise and craftsmanship as they build the most beautiful timbers. They have done what was needed to complete the project, plus more. As funds allow we will move forward with the construction of phase 2 and will definetly be working with Arrow Timber.”

-Sarah & Karl Rose

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