Joadja

This project was a prestigious country holiday home set high on a ridge line overlooking the glorious Southern Highlands. The dominant timber, stone, and glass features of the home bring the family out of city life and provide a sense of permanence to the estate.

Traditional Australian materials such as the Ironbark trusses, sandstone, and steel roofing define the down to earth homestead feel, while their scale provides a real sense of elegance.

The Builder, KMI Builders, recently won a Master Builders Association award for Best Use of Structural Timber for this project.

Austinmer

This fantastic home was built by our friends at Viva Living Homes, and won multiple of awards from the Master Builders Association in 2018. The home is built with a full structural timber frame with raised floor and raked ceilings throughout. TTF completed almost all the carpentry work on this build from the frame to the roof battens, hardwood fascias, and the spotted gum deck framing.

The walls are all strawbale and the deck opens high into the trees and looks out over Austinmer beach in the distance. A fantastic home and a real pleasure for us to have made such a great contribution to.

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George IV Inn - Craft Beer Bar

In 2016, the second oldest hotel in NSW - Picton’s George IV Inn, suffered extensive damage in a devastating flood. Part of the restoration was the construction of a new boutique/craft beer bar to showcase a range of local brews and provide some lovely views over the temperamental Stonequarry Creek.

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The Architect, Builder and Owners wanted to create a new area that not only did justice to the historic pub, but also added character, history, style and a talking piece to the new bar area. Traditional Timber Frames were called in to design and construct a timber frame that fitted the desired look and which added to the history of one of the oldest buildings in NSW.

Design of the structure was undertaken in house along with conceptional drawings for approval and of course engineering approvals. After sourcing of the timber, all the joinery work and finishing was undertaken in our workshop and delivered to site. Our team completed the assembly on site, ready for the other trades to complete the fit out.

Final concept image by TTF Design Studio

Final concept image by TTF Design Studio

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As with all our jobs there was a tight budget and timeline to be adhered to especially as being a commercial site, the owners needed to reestablish their income  and recover from the setbacks of the flood.
Our clients at the George IV Hotel are very pleased with this distinctive addition to their beautiful public house. The owners celebrated the completion of our portion of the works by driving in the last peg. So if you find yourself in Picton, drop in and have “one off the wood” as they say.

 

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The Black Shed

Located in Mudgee, NSW, the Black Shed was designed to be a small and beautiful part time residence for visiting family, as well as for an occasional short stay rental. With a northerly aspect and a view over the property’s vineyard it enjoys a charming and tranquil setting. 

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This building is a wonderful example of what can be achieved in blending a traditional timber frame with conventional building methods. Our partner on this project, Mudgee builder Tall Timber Constructions, prepared the slab and completed the building after the frame was raised by TTF.

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Luke’s team did an outstanding job in the detailing of the Black Shed, and the exposed posts and trusses beautifully enhance the interior space.

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Kiels Mountain Truss Set - Start to Finish

The clients on this project we’re after a major visual feature that would make the main living areas of this home both beautiful and unique.
Reclaimed Cypress Pine was chosen for it’s colour, stability, cost and character. The trusses span just over 5 metres and using 200 x 150mm timbers with full traditional pegged joinery.

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A king truss design was selected with some slightly curved braces, a chamfer was also added as a fine detail, and the king post was embellished with a shoulder at its base and top.

 
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Here you can see how the trusses are used in conjunction with lightweight stud frames and a purlin roof, resulting in the building schedule being incredibly efficient.

 
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Milled timber is delivered to our workshop, the trusses are set out, and with a 6 metre chord quite a bit of space is required. Each joint is scribed and cut, a system of marking unique to traditional timber framing is used that allows for the irregular edges of this beautiful large dimensioned timber and having millimetre perfect sizing.  The shoulder detail on the king post can be seen here being chiseled out, and the pegs are driven home and sawn off proud of the truss face.

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We work closely with the site builder and designer to make sure overall dimensions and  every detail is correct.  The finished trusses are oiled, pegged together and transported to site. The client and their builder simply craned them into place and finished off around them.

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The completed building is super insulated whilst fully admiring the beautiful Queensland scenery and the finished result is a fantastic modern Australian home.
A feature truss set like this is a beautiful and efficient way of adding that fantastic and sought after traditional timber craftsmanship into even the most modern of contemporary houses.

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Arcadia Home

In 2015 Traditional Timber Frames undertook a project to add an extension to a weather board home in Arcadia , NSW. It involved the design and creation of a full timber framed addition, with a soaring raked ceiling revealing beautiful trusses with many curved elements. As you can see from these before and after photos the transformation is stunning, the new extension opening up the space and letting in light to what would have been quite a dark original building.

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Normandy, France - Framing Course
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Having taught traditional timber framing courses in Australia for several years now it was an immense privilege to be invited to co-teach at a timber framing workshop taking place in Normandy, France in September of 2018.

I was to be working alongside a timber framing master craftsman and one of my closest friends Alan Ritchie and his team from the Hewnwood timber framing school. As the two lead teachers, Alan and myself were set the task of coordinating, organising, teaching and entertaining 20 students from across the world and our project was to be a reconstructed Oak timber frame that would be installed within the ruined walls of an ancient barn.

Our hosts, Simon and Julie, had purchased the property a couple of years earlier when they moved from the UK, seeking the more relaxed and laid back French country lifestyle. The farm complex that they purchased had several rooms and outbuildings already, but required extensive restoration and renovation work, which Simon set out to do, converting not only into their home, but also to have a part that would serve as guest accommodation.

All of the timber for the project was sourced from a nearby sawmill and there were some terrific naturally shaped members that would play an important role in creating that traditional oak framed feel and look. The frame had been designed by Alan earlier in the year, but when we got to site, there was quite a lot of site measuring and amending required to create working drawings, that would tie in with the variable stone walls of the existing building.

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The timber framing course, covered the complete spectrum of traditional green oak framing which we specialise in. We began, by going through the history and significance of timber frames in the local area and looked at the specifics of the oak that comes from this part of France. Our workshop was to be the field beside the site, so it was fairly straight forward to explain the importance of accurate marking, measuring and cutting etc, when the finished building was so close by. When we started looking at the timbers, we would carefully select each piece, paying close attention to where it would go in the build, the finishing details required and how we would be able to design and craft the joinery.

The most important part of any traditional timber framing project is the accuracy. Many people come to our courses with the idea, that large unseasoned and wonky timbers mean the workmanship can be large and wonky, which couldn’t be further from the truth. We spent much of the first two days, carefully referencing, scribing and marking out the various timbers for the first frame before even a single piece of wood was cut. Every step of the process is highly accurate, which results in a finished project that fits together perfectly first time, and will stand tall for many centuries.

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The techniques we covered in this course (and in all the courses we teach in Australia) ranged from timber selection, joinery design, marking and cutting joints with both traditional and contemporary methods, peg making, various design and joinery details, fitting, finishing, assembling timber frames and all the building completion details, designs and techniques. There is a lot to cover in only a matter of days but we try to give a broad taste of the many elements, techniques and skills that go into such fine craftsmanship.

On Thursday afternoon of the second week, (after several long days of timber frame teaching, joint cutting, sawdusting, eating cheese and drinking wine) we were ready to begin the installation. A ‘Genie’ materials hoist was chosen to help us lift the oak, and with 20 eager students, all kitted out with hard hats and safety vests it was sure to be a fun day and a half to raise the frame. Each piece was lifted, hoisted, or stood up. The most important part of any construction project, but particularly a timber frame raising is the safety of all the people involved. Showing people the different lifting techniques, temporary bracing, construction sequencing and general work organisation is a very important part of a traditional timber framing lesson. We lift huge heavy timbers into place high up in buildings, which can be very dangerous, so making sure it is done in a way that not only works for the project, but also ensures the safety of all involved is paramount.

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The timbers were dropped into place, the pegs were driven home and the frame completed, as the sun begin to set. It was just in time as the locals from the village began to arrive for a celebratory dinner with some Champagne and Cider to set the mood. In the two weeks of the course, we managed to train and guide 20 novice woodworkers, to measure, mark and cut a beautiful timber frame that was completely erected in perfect alignment of the wobbly walls of a ruined stone farmhouse. The project was an immense success, testament to the skill and expertise of the craftspeople from Hewnwood, and the great work ethic and energy from the cool peeps that came from far and wide to learn about this ancient craft.

As we were all heading home to various places across the world from the beautiful French country side, someone mentioned another training course happening at one of the students properties in Milan next year…. Might incorporate it with a little tour of a few Italian vineyards….. it’s a tough life…

The timber framing courses that we have been teaching at various places in Australia over the past few years have been put on hold now due to the increasing demands on our carpenters. We may reintroduce the courses in the future though, so keep an eye on our socials, and sign up for our mailing list for notifications on this and for plenty of other great info.

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Pullenvale
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A large fully framed building in traditionally pegged large dimension timber is quite an undertaking, and its what we love to do.
This two storey cruciform barn style build in Brisbane’s hinterland uses both Cypress and Spotted Gum with braced King Post trusses.
Our video follows the project from the drawing board to TTF team completion of the frame.

 

 
 

 

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Double Post Frame with vertical King and Queen posts, now that’s a mouthful, but an impressive truss frame that is apart of quite a complex home build in Picton, NSW. You can see in the video below the use of conventional stud framing, structural steel framework and our traditional timber elements coming together. This is a great example of using feature trusses with conventional building materials to achieve the clients desired result. This is a very steep building site and a crane with good reach was required to lift the steel components, trusses and frame.
Whilst we were on hand to assist with the installation, the installation process is easily within the ability of a competent builder.
The timber used here was stained to the customers specification to colour match with the other elements within the building and their overall interior design.
Once the building is complete, we hope to show you the completed home.

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