About Us.

Oak framed buildings

Jonny Briggs specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of oak framed buildings, traditional green oak frames, timber structures and joinery components.

Jonny and his team of craftsmen have completed commercial and domestic projects throughout the UK. Traditional timber framed buildings including oak framed extensions, garden rooms, sheds, porches and bridges are crafted in the workshop in Cumbria. We’re situated on the border of Yorkshire and the Lake District National Parks, so we like to take a little inspiration from the rolling hills and high mountains around us.

We’re proud to have worked on high profile projects such as the 2019 RHS Back to Nature Garden co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and to have handmade traditional oak frames for HRH Prince Charles.

Our passion lies in keeping traditional skills alive and relevant, whilst being able to work in today’s ever changing building environment. We use traditional techniques and sustainable materials, combined with efficient building practices.

Traditional oak timber frames 

Traditional oak frames use recently felled green oak which has a very high moisture content, this makes cutting the joints easier as it is softer. As the frame ages and dries out, the structure gets harder, stronger, and the joints become tighter. Joints such as mortice and tenon, lapped and dovetail joints are secured with handmade oak pegs to form solid structural frames. These frames are sustainable, repairable and have a natural beauty and warmth.

More recently, timber has been used in conjunction with steel to create structures that can span larger distances and create uninterrupted open spaces – something that would not be possible using traditional timber framing techniques alone.

To understand more about traditional timber frames, take a look at our blogs to explain the process of green oak framing and how traditional oak framing works well in a modern world. 

We work closely with leading British sawmill company Whitney Sawmills.