click image to zoomA number of our clients do woodworking as a hobby. So we encourage them to come to our woodshop and get involved chiseling an acorn. Selecting the right pieces of timber is crucial when you’re doing an acorn carving. If the big timber is fresh out of the woods, it still has some moisture. So the more knots, the better, since knots will stop a check. - Johnny Miller The team at OakBridge Timber Framing has been timber framers their whole lives – it’s quite literally a part of their culture. The Howard, OH company is a family-run Amish business – they all grew up raising frames, and have a focused passion for what they do that creates unrivaled quality.
“We treat each home we build as if it were going to be our own,” says Johnny Miller, owner of OakBridge Timber Framing. “To us, timber framing is an art – it’s not about how quickly you get it done, it’s about how well you get it done.”
OakBridge has become well known for their craftsmanship and attention to detail to which Johnny refers. They’ve built homes across the US, small and large, and never forget the end result. “To know that the structures we build with our own hands are the places that people call home – where they raise their families and visit with loved ones – it’s one of the best feelings.”
Miller offers the following techniques and tips drawn from their business:
As we all know, wood is a mystery – there is always something to learn. Here at OakBridge Timber Faming, we have been doing timber frame homes for 26 years. My father is 74, and a master craftsman, and he, and the rest of us, are all still learning new things about wood.
The third and newest generation of OakBridge Timber Framing is working side by side with the experienced craftsmen. It’s all family here at OakBridge, though we always welcome our clients to participate.
A number of our clients do woodworking as a hobby. So we encourage them to come to our woodshop as we’re crafting their dream home, and get involved for a day, a few days, even a week.
Selecting the right pieces of timber is crucial for any project! For example, when you’re looking for the right piece to do a nice acorn carving (or similar), it’s important to look for a few things.