Handcrafted Traditional Timber Frames & Dovetail Log Cabins
You will see the words "traditional" and "handcrafted" pop up quite often on this website, and as they relate to my work, have these core elements in common: a) skeletal timber-framework designs and log wall profiles replicating those of 18th-19th century America, b) timbers fastened together with mortise & tenon pegged wooden joinery strongly rooted in historical precedent, with same criteria applying to log wall corner notching methods, and c) all wood joinery crafted with non-power hand-tools.
Timber Frame Houses, Horse Barns, Weekend Get-a-Way Cabins,
Timber Frame Additions, Dovetail Log Cabins.
Inspired by 19th Century, Early American Building Traditions
Everyone approaches their craft/trade a bit differently, and those in the world of timber framing and log building are no different. There are some that believe in contemporary designs and use a more modern, mechanized approach, with an eye on high production. And there are those that choose to align their building philosophy more closely to the historical roots of early American heavy timber carpentry. I proudly fall within this latter group. The 200 year old structures of the past have left a lasting imprint on the building philosophy that I bring to each and every project, strongly rooted in the designs, hand tools and joinery inherent in the vernacular frameworks common to 18th & 19th century American settlement areas, including the Western Reserve area of Trumbull County, where my family & I reside. Named after the governor of Connecticut, Jonathan Trumbull, and the town that bears the family name there, Trumbull County was originally settled as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve and formed into a township in 1800.
The same hand-tools that crafted the mortise & tenon joints in the timbers of an old barn, and shaped the dovetail notches in an early settlers log cabin, are some of the same tools that fill my shop and craft timber joinery: antique & restored Disston handsaws, 150 yr old timber framing chisels, an 1870's hand-crank beam drill, wooden planes, draw-knives, auger-bits, and axes, all at one time owned, cared-for, and utilized by a proud craftsman of long ago.
Welcome to Square Peg Timber Joinery, located in the Trumbull
County area of northeast Ohio, where I’ve chosen to focus my business on the time-honored building traditions of a much simpler time in early America: constructing truly handcrafted, rustic, traditional timber frame structures and dovetail corner-notched log cabins. These two diverse, yet interwoven building styles from our American pioneering past are linked by a common thread that binds both crafts; wood-to-wood timber joinery, joinery that is crafted with the same hand tools of long ago, under the watchful eyes and patient hands of the craftsman.
2-24-03 to 1-27-17
Going to be a lonely shop these days without my best little buddy. This was his favorite spot, by the door. Wanted to be with me, all the time, everywhere, and I LOVED his presence in my life. Wife called him my "shadow"......
I'd like to think his gentle spirit will still be laying there....
During the time it takes me to craft your timber frame or dovetail log cabin, two issues are ever-present in the work-ethic that I bring to each and every project: attention-to-detail and craftsmanship. The required timeframe allotments (per project) allow me to spend the quality time during joinery layout and then with the hand tools that I believe is absolutely necessary in upholding the standards and concepts of a truly handcrafted timber frame or log structure.
I realize that people who are simply shopping for the least cost and quickest turn-around time, or perhaps a contemporary timber design may not be interested in my building methods and traditional structures. But I also believe that there are folks out there who truly appreciate and value the craftsmanship inherent in a traditionally joined framework, one that will separate them from the mainstream timber frames and manufactured log structures that dot the suburban landscape. One where traditional designs, the same hand-tools that shaped timbers 150 years ago, and the historic timber-joinery details are just as important to you as the end result. So if you're looking for an "old-fashioned" timber frame structure or dovetail log cabin that will be built using "old-fashioned" tools and methods, a rustic alternative to the upscale/modern designs featured in the glossy magazines, I sincerely hope that you'll consider Square Peg Timber Joinery for that special building project you've been planning!
Thank you for your interest.
Ron Mansour / Square Peg Timber Joinery
For those that may be interested in additional info, please write or call for a 30 page booklet ($10) containing a very detailed budget worksheet, design questionnaire, background on myself & previous projects, and even more behind-the-scenes details offering further insight into how I price my work, specifics concerning the services & materials you will receive from SPTJ. No shiny glossy pictures, just lots of helpful info!