Traditional Timber Frames is a specialist heavy timber framing company catering to all parts of the commercial and residential building industry.  Our workshop is located in the Southern Highlands of NSW where we hand craft post and beam style frames and trusses for a range of projects Australia wide.

Our business is a small and passionate team that prides itself on the finest craftsmanship, attention to detail, and handwork in the classic English timber framing tradition. Our Director and Master Builder Chris Nance traveled to Wales in 2007 to learn this near forgotten craft from Master Carpenter Alan Ritchie. Upon returning home Chris set up shop in the back of his grandfather’s timber yard and began his timber framing journey. This has led to where we are today and where we will go in the future, creating the finest timber homes in Australia.

We design and build traditionally crafted heavy timber frames (often called post and beam frames) using ethically sourced timbers for public buildings, barns, houses, garages, furniture, joinery and a range of other structures. We use tools and joinery methods that are traced back through the middle ages to ancient Rome, where the great villas of the Patricians were built in identical fashion to homes we build today.

Working alongside Clients, Architects, home owners, and building contractors, we help create the highest quality buildings which are sustainable, unique, and exude a timeless beauty.

If you have a project in mind or would like to find out how we can assist your build, please get in touch.


Chris - Director

I build timber frames because I love the beautifully natural materials, the creative and technical skills required, the physical strength, handmade craftsmanship and the legacy these frames provide to the built environment.
I believe that inspiration comes from those that have the care and skills to create beautiful things, and that trees and timber will save the world.

Andrew - Head Carpenter

Traditional timber framing is definitely unique, much like the tools and materials used. That uniqueness is what I love, as there is nothing quite like raising a frame you’ve been working on for weeks or even months. It truly is rewarding.

Derek - Sales and Design

I think that the world as it is today is not the one we are obliged to hand on to generations to come. I think we can do better. By designing and building homes which are not only sustainable, but self-sustaining and supportive of their occupants, we can free ourselves and our communities from the negative aspects of the modern world, while enhancing the positive ones. Through planning and design we can create a future to be proud of.



“I would like to say how impressed we were with your professionalism when building and installing the kitchen building on our property. We could see you have a passion for what you do” - Wayne and Belinda

“Hi Chris, I wanted to email you personally to say how thrilled I am with your work on my garage and house. It’s a beautiful piece of workmanship and I was absolutely thrilled to see it personally yesterday. It’s a work of art. Thank you so much” - Helen in Austinmer

“Hi Chris, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the work on the frame. It looks absolutely awesome and both Sophie and I are thrilled to bits. We definitely chose well in you and your team and want to thank you so much” - Jamie and Sophie