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Compact Split Roof Workshop Made of Eastern White Pine

This sweet little timber frame workshop by TimberHomes Vermont is made almost entirely of Eastern White Pine, featuring an unusual compact design completed as a collaboration with the owners. The 200-square-foot hand-raised structure features clerestory windows and a cool split roof that matches the adjacent residence. Accommodating the horizontal windows, which bring a lot of …

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Historic Connecticut Water Tower Rebuilt with Eastern White Pine

An old, deteriorating water tower on one of the oldest properties in Stonington, Connecticut is now reborn thanks to a total renovation by Great Country Timber Frames. It’s always fun to see how unusually shaped structures come together from the first building stages to the final touches, and the family-owned builder documented the process of …

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The Economist Explains Why More Buildings Should Be Made of Wood

The staggering carbon emissions released during the production of cement and steel make the world’s buildings “look like a giant environmental problem,” says a feature in the latest issue of The Economist. With many governments striving to mitigate climate change, or at least its worst effects, radically reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a must. This …

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This Week in Wood: Lumber Demand will Remain Strong in 2019, Experts Predict

Though things may get off to a slightly slow start in January, lumber industry experts say demand will likely pick up in the Spring of 2019. ProSales reports that consultant Matt Layman, the creator of Layman’s Lumber Guide, is feeling optimistic about the upcoming season even as economists ponder a possible recession in the overall …

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Building with Eastern White Pine: Behind the Scenes with Brunswick Timber Frames, Inc.

From whole logs to lovingly crafted beams for a beautiful custom home, the transformation of raw Eastern White Pine to structures that will last many lifetimes is so satisfying to observe. Brunswick Timber Frames, a company based in Rensselaer County in upstate New York, creates new timber structures for a region rich in historic timber …

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1,148 Feet of Timber: World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper Planned for Tokyo

So many tall timber building projects have been announced over the last few years, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Wood construction is definitely on an upward trend around the world as architects, developers and government officials realize just how sustainable, beautiful, safe, durable and affordable it can be. Right now, with dozens …

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The Minnesota Man Who Planted 3.5 Million Eastern White Pine Trees

Referred to as a ‘legendary lumberman’ in a recent profile on his family, Jack Rajala planted 3.5 million eastern white pine trees in Minnesota with methods so successful, his sons have found themselves with an overabundance. ‘Grandpa Jack’ passed away from an aggressive brain cancer in August 2016, but his legacy lives on in the …

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Watch Wood Go Through a Milling Machine in This Stop-Motion Animation

The journey of a log through a milling machine – or at least, a really convincing approximation of it – is captured in mesmerizing detail by this stunning stop-motion animation by photographer Brett Foxwell called ‘Woodswimmer.’ Thousands of photos were captured during the process of sanding away the surface of the wood a bit at …

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