Members of the TFG toured Shelburne Farms (near this year's Burlington conference) a few years ago in preparation for a restoration project.
2014 conference: call for presenters
We’re now accepting proposals for presentations, demos, and other activities at the Guild’s annual conference, August 6–10, at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H.
We need you!
Please consider sharing your skills and knowledge or suggest ideas for what you’d like to see at the event, and we will do our best to fill the bill.
This year’s conference will again include the Traditional Timberframe Research and Advisory Group (TTRAG) and Timber Frame Engineering Council (TFEC) symposia.
Since it will be summer and we’ll want to be outdoors, we hope to resurrect the Timber Olympics that were such a hit back at an early Guild conference in Troy, N.Y. We would appreciate any ideas for competitive and entertaining events. We are considering the TimberSki Slalom, Speed Boring, One–Meter Sawing, and Graeco-Roman Mortise-and-Tenon to go along with our usual axe throwing and joint busting. Please send me your ideas for additional fun and games.
You can submit a proposal using this form. It also includes details and guidelines about the presentation format. Email, postal-mail or fax the form to:
148 Middlefield Rd.
Washington MA 01223
Please note that the submission deadline is March 25.
Conference proceedings available. PDF (4 meg)
2013 Conference TFG/TTRAG
Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
August 8–11, 2013
Conference theme—“Back to Our Roots”
This year we combined the Timber Framers Guild and the Traditional Timberframe Research and Advisory Group conferences. The Timber Frame Engineering Council added engineer-presenters and the Timber Frame Business Council took part as well.
John Abrams, architect and author, as plenary speaker wrestled with what he called The Long Now.
Fire Tower Engineered Timber added shear testing to their joint-busting.
Pre-conference workshops included stairbuilding with Billy Dillon; Mike Beganyi on Advanced SketchUp + Layout; Ellen Gibson on chip carving; scribing natural forms with the help of Josh Jackson; the TFEC engineering symposium; and Clark Bremer taking you through compound joinery with Google SketchUp.
Jan Lewandoski and Eliot Lothrop led the TTRAG tour of Vermont churches and barns.
Conference reports to follow soon.
2012 Eastern Conference
The Guild gathered for the second time at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, October 17-21 for a round of preconference technical workshops, a tour of local timber-framed structures and two days of presentations. Some 165 members and presenters participated in a rich menu of workshops and seminars on timber frame design, history, engineering and business, as well a lively auction and slide show of new work. The Guild's Timber Frame Engineering Council held its annual symposium and a featured speech by Tedd Benson reviewed the early history of the timber framing revival and the evolution of his own company. The indispensible joint-busting completed a new chapter.