These groups, our friends and partners, represent the places we've learned our trade, those we work with now, and some companies that have been founded by past members. We continue to collaborate with and learn from them. Check out their beautiful work.
Heartwood was established in 1978 to teach the skills and knowledge it takes to build an energy-efficient house. Since that time, their programs have expanded to include all aspects of the homebuilding crafts, particularly timber framing. Josh apprenticed there before founding TimberHomes, and teaches scribing classes there. Shannon and Ariel also apprenticed at Heartwood before moving to Vermont.Visit the Heartwood School
Hank Silver worked with TimberHomes to help finish the The Humble Abode, and build several timber frame barns. He then took his skills to the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where he's now the owner of Ironwood Timberworks, doing frame-to-finish carpentry, specializing in timber frames structures.Visit Ironwood Timberworks
Our friends at Fire Tower engineering have been in business for fifteen years assessing and testing the structural integrity of complex timber framed structures. When we build frames that require specialized frame engineering, we turn to them. Fire Tower is licensed to practice engineering in 40 states and 4 Canadian provinces.Visit Fire Tower
The Timber Framer’s Guild is a non-profit organization, founded in 1985, to be a resource for professional timber framers and to do public education on the art and craft of timber framing. Josh and David worked with the Guild on the Mountain School Barn project, that was the seed of TimberHomes. Participating in a Guild project remains one of the best ways to gain experience timber framing.Visit the Guild
Yestermorrow Design/Build School teaches over 100 hands-on workshops a year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Their intensive, hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. Josh and Shannon both teach timber framing courses at Yestermorrow.Visit Yestermorrow
NFNB offers a new framework for ecological design and construction. They direct processes for constructing the built ecology that enrich the planet and encourage our social ecology to thrive. New Frameworks aims to heal the interrelationships between planet, people, and the built ecology through social and ecological regenerative building practices.Visit New Frameworks Natural Building