Timber Framing Tools: What We’re Using to Build Our House

On this page we’ll be compiling all of the timber framing tools we’re using to build our debt free timber frame home, as well as a plethora of other great timber framing resources! This page is a work in progress, so we’ll be adding to it as we have time and acquire new tools!

Timber Framing Chisels

While we were hoping to score on some quality, second-hand timber framing chisels through our awesome material-finding methods, our timber frame workshop was quickly approaching and we needed a quality set to work with! We decided that instead of spending tremendous amounts of precious time hitting up Craigslist yardsale and estate sales that we should just buy these news from a quality, reputable company.

We decided to go with Barr Tools since they have great reviews, those are the chisels recommended by the Shelter Institute (where we’ll be attending the workshop), it’s a small, family-owned company, and they are based out of Jesse’s hometown of McCall, Idaho!

Although we have yet to test these out, we’re happy with the purchase so far and have no doubt they will fit out needs and build multiple homes over their lifetime.

Timber Framing Books

While there is a lot of great information on timber framing on the internet, nothing beats a quality, informative book. We made quite the purchase last year and invested in our timber frame library. Here are the books we have on our bookshelf that have really helped us to get a solid grasp on what we’re trying to achieve.

Learn to Timber Frame: Craftsmanship, Simplicity, Timeless Beauty

This is our #1 favorite book because it’s incredibly easy to understand – great for beginners and those with short attention spans! This is a great introduction to what timber framing is, why it’s a lost art, the benefits of such construction style, the basics of how to timber frame, and even has complete plans for a miniature timber frame that you can build on your own. We hope to build this tiny structure one day.

Build a Classic Timber-Framed House: Planning & Design/Traditional Materials/Affordable Methods

This is our other favorite beginner book – and clearly, it’s the favorite of many others as well! Jack Sabon is THE big name in timber framing, and this book is a goldmine of information. If you’re new to timber framing, we suggest this book and the one above, if you want to keep your initial investment to a minimum.