We’ve been Roundwood Timber Framing and building Woodland Cabin’s for over ten years. Amongst the pictures below you might recognise Ben Law’s Woodland House, made famous by Grand Designs – this was the first building that Adrian worked on.
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Back garden Woodland Cabin, Roundwood Timber Frame
The perfect back garden structure, these lovely buildings can serve as a studio, a guest room or a summer house. They can be fully insulated and fitted with a wood burner, making them a cosy retreat. Walls can be timber-clad if preferred, and the roof can be turf or oak shingles.
Ben Law’s Woodland House
One of the nation’s favorite Grand Designs episodes. I worked on the Woodland House for about six months in 2002. Cruck frame buildings with a shingle roof have now become very popular; walls can be timber-clad, hempcrete, or lime-plastered straw bale.
Roundwood Timber Framed Shelters
We build a variety of woodland shelters too.
Historic Roundwood Timber Framed buildings
We can build the timber components of recreated historic buildings such as this Highland Bothy.
More information on Roundwood Timber Framing
Round wood framing poles are ready for use directly after felling once the bark is removed. No additional processing is required. We tend to use Sweet Chestnut, Larch and Douglas fir although many other timbers can also be used. In Britain the origin of this method goes back to the classic cruck frame design. Examples of this style can still be seen in historic buildings today. Our structures are an evolution of this method. We use scribed joints and make a variety of different frame shapes.
The reasons for resurrecting this method are it’s aesthetic quality, ecological credentials and it’s structural performance. These frames re-connect us with the beauty of the natural world. They are relaxing to the eye; and it reminds us that wood comes from trees. Using roundwood cuts out the industrial process of squaring timbers, which saves a lot of transport, energy and associated emissions. Poles for roundwood timber framing can be sourced directly from local forests and are also up to 50% stronger than the equivalent square sawn section.