Timber Framing vs. 2×4 Stud Construction: The Wood Matters

May 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

This was an interesting article in our local paper last weekend – http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/05/vanport_international_cuts_for.html

Though not terribly in-depth (few newspapers strive for that anymore), it is an interesting discussion on 2×4 stud construction versus post-and-beam timber framing, and how a few sawmills here in the Northwest have adapted their cutting for the latter. We can certainly debate whether our natural resources should be shipped elsewhere instead of being used here at home, but my community didn’t just get wiped out by a tsunami, either. In this case I’m proud that some of our incredible Douglas-fir timber can help rebuild homes in Japan.

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§ One Response to Timber Framing vs. 2×4 Stud Construction: The Wood Matters

  • Rob says:

    The post-and-beam construction with exposed timbers calls to mind timber-frame building of the middle ages in England, and the strength of it is underlined by many of those buildings still standing after 500 years or more.
    (But we are also fortunate not to have tsunamis to contend with.)

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