Members of the TFG toured Shelburne Farms (near this year's Burlington conference) a few years ago in preparation for a restoration project.
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.