Suffolk Historic Buildings Group
The buildings group membership is open to all and ranges from ancient building owners to craftsmen and other professionals. We arrange visits to historic buildings of all types during the summer months as well as an in-depth study on a particular subject every year with our annual dayschool along with a programme of lectures during the winter from a variety of speakers. Members also receive a copy of “Eavesdropper” three times a year that publishes a range of articles on the vernacular architecture of Suffolk and beyond.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Owners and managers of ancient woodland sites such as Bradfield Woods which is well worth a visit to see how timber was produced in the middle ages.
The Carpenters Fellowship
Formed in 2000 by frame enthusiasts from the UK and beyond its aim is to promote framing and frame conservation as a craft.
Timber Framers Guild
This US organisation was formed several years ago to promote framing in the states.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Formed in 1877 by William Morris and others to promote the proper conservation of ancient buildings.
The trust lobbies for the conservation of our ancient broadleaf woodland.
Simons Suffolk Churches
Suffolk has hundreds of beautiful churches with double hammerbeam roofs being a local speciality. Simon Knott has made it his mission to visit as many as he can and present them on this excellent site for all to enjoy, a real treasure trove.
Institute for Historic Building Conservation
The IHBC promotes good practice within the conservation industry, the bulk of its membership being made up of local authority conservation/historic building officers.
Hamlet Heavy Timberwork
Having worked as journeymen framers throughout the UK and beyond, Dan (who worked with us for 7 months) and Murray returned to Canada and set up their own framing company. They work in the European tradition of scribe carpentry and have already created some truly wonderful structures, we wish them every success for the future.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
A fantastic museum of whole buildings, most of them decorated and furnished appropriately. They also run excellent courses on building conservation for homeowners and professionals.
Classic Hand Tools
Mike Hancock supplies excellent quality new tools for framers and other fine woodworkers..
Earth and Reed
Chris North and Margery Ward supply environmentally friendly and sustainable building products to the eastern region. Chris has given us encouragement from very early on (he was a founder member of the Suffolk Historic Buildings Group); suggesting books to read, buildings to visit and people to talk to. We would be thrilled to see any of their products used on our frames.
Anna Kettle Pargeting
Anna Kettle is one of the best pargeters we have met; she repairs existing schemes as well as creating new ones. Well worth a look.
Mark Goldsworthy, Woodcarver
This French project aims to accurately reproduce a thirteenth century castle using only tools and techniques of the period. Perhaps one day we will have projects this good in the UK?!
The Morton Partnership Ltd.
www.themortonpartnership.co.uk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Structural Engineers and Historic Building Consultants, experienced in undertaking structural design calculations for new timber frames and in assessing existing timber frames and specifying appropriate structural repairs. We have a basic approach of minimal intervention, and importantly, have a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of traditional materials.
A fantastic 16th cent. mansion that is well worth a visit. Each year they turn back the clock and re-create a year from the sixteenth century with up to 300 costumed Tudors.
A specialist website that lists only barns for sale (converted or for conversion). Also has a very good listings section where you can find many local suppliers.
A good friend and mentor of ours Paul Price has relocated to Ireland and set up his own workshop. Producing some of the finest frames we've ever seen with fantastic attention to detail his work is an inspiration to all. Well worth a look!
Dylan Pym Furniture
Dylan creates amazing furniture from wonderful local timber, we’d love to see his work within one of our frames!
Bill is one of East Anglias most experienced pargetters.
SH Somerscales Ltd.
This excellent family run sawmill has supplied many of our larger projects and although they now source from beyond the UK they do it responsibly and with good attention to detail. Highly recommended!
Many of our new frames have been cleaned by these guys and they are excellent!
We have carried out many repairs at Orchard Barn as well as leading the carpentry courses that have been taught there since 2008.
BuildingConservation.com is probably the largest online database of conservation professionals. They also publish the annual Building Conservation Directory and the website holds a good reference library of articles previously published within the directory.
Hazel Woodland Products
We built the frame for Hugh and Carolyn’s house where they live in a fantastic historic managed woodland and produce charcoal, rustic furniture and run woodland management courses.
If we can’t help you Or if you need someone to carry out work using lime products, this is the guy to use!
Brown and Scarlett
The team at Brown and Scarlett have drawn many of our projects and have a wealth of experience in both repair projects and new builds.