Last June almost 500 timber framers
and their sympathizers gathered for
their third annual get-together — which
in my opinion continues to be one of
the best little builders' conferences
around. As in past years, participants
came from all over the U.S., as well as
from Canada, England, France, and
even the San Juan Islands.
The conference began with a trade
show displaying power tools, stressskin
panels, heavy machinery, portable
saw-mills, pegs, heating systems, sealers,
and finishes provided by 16 exhibitors.
Workshops that day covered
whole house design, the evolution of
timber frame in the Northeast from
1740-1840, framing layout, pricing,
and a traditional Amish house-raising.
The day ended with a slide show where
participants presented ten slides of their