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Traditional Joinery

The heart of a timber frame lies in its joinery – the points where massive timbers intersect and lock together with timeless elegance.  For centuries, skilled craftsmen have honed techniques to transform wood into breathtaking structures that stand the test of time.

Step into the world of mortise and tenons, dovetails, scarf joints, and the countless variations that have evolved through tradition and innovation. Each joint is a testament to the ingenuity of timber framers, showcasing precise cuts, intricate details, and a deep understanding of wood's natural properties.

Discover the enduring beauty and strength of these skillfully crafted connections. Explore the history, the techniques, and the modern applications that keep this ancient art form alive and relevant today.

Typical Joinery Gallery

Hover over these basic truss forms to learn more about them.

Simple Truss

The workhorse of trusses. Triangular in shape, it's strong, easy to build, and ideal for shorter spans.

Cable Truss

Truss with steel cables for tension instead of solid timbers in the webbing, creating a lightweight and open look.

Arched Truss

Perfect for creating vaulted ceilings reminiscent of grand cathedrals, adding elegant spaciousness to any room.

Queen Truss

Similar to a king post truss but with two "queen" posts that offer additional support for wider spans.

Hammer Truss

Historically significant truss with horizontal beams (hammers) corbelled into the wall. Decorative and functional.

King Truss

A classic and economical choice featuring a central king post for added vertical support for larger spaces.

Scissor Truss

Visually appealing truss with interlocking diagonal beams that resemble scissors. Offers a spacious and open feel.

Mono Truss

Modern truss with a single sloped upper chord, perfect for contemporary or industrial aesthetics.

Box Truss

Closed rectangular or box-shaped truss offering exceptional strength and stability for heavy loads or long spans.

Interested to Know How Handcrafted Timber Frame Techniques Can Enhance Your Project?

Traditional timber frame joinery offers more than just strength – it enhances the visual impact of your structure. Whether you dream of a rustic, historic feel or a sleek, modern design, the right joinery can elevate your timber frame to a work of art.

  • Rustic Charm: Exposed mortise and tenon joints, held together with wooden pegs, radiate warmth and a sense of handcrafted tradition.

  • Sleek Modernity: Minimalist joinery designs, sometimes incorporating hidden steel connectors, create a clean aesthetic perfect for contemporary spaces.

  • Intricate Details: Dovetails, lap joints, and other detailed joinery methods add a touch of visual sophistication and timeless appeal.

Discuss your dream look with a timber frame expert. They can guide you through the joinery options that best suit your vision and structural needs.

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