Duncan designs and builds timber structures using both contemporary and traditional carpentry methods. Traditional timber framing, otherwise known as structural post and beam carpentry, is the method of making a structural post and beam frame that is load bearing. The beams within the frame are connected using traditional mortise and tenon joints and secured with wooden hand riven pegs.
Timbers used are predominantly green, i.e fresh sawn. European Oak and Douglas Fir are used mostly in Europe. In Australia, Cypress Pine and Red Ironbark are the most commonly used timbers, due to their natural termite resistant properties, making it unnecessary to treat them with harmful chemicals.
A design and build service for small scale timber structures, such as garden shelters, sheds, additions, garages, studios, bridges and decks is available, including second fix carpentry. Traditional timber frames are constructed in a workshop and erected onsite.
Combined with modern and natural building technologies, traditional timber frames offer unique building possibilities.