Timber framing (sometimes referred to as “post and beam” construction) is an ancient building technique that uses squared timbers instead of typical 2x4s as the primary building material. Timber framing experienced a renaissance in the 1980’s and since has undergone a number of refinements to fit many applications from rustic, barn-like homes to crisp, modern designs. This project called for the latter and is evident from the simple geometric shapes created by joining the massive white pine timbers. Most notable about this project is the fact that all of the interior timbers were installed after the home was built and even after the wall had been painted! This technique works with considerable planning, care and muscle but I prefer to erect the timbers first and then build the house around them.