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We are always trying to keep our clients up-to-date with interesting things about custom timberframe homes, as well as Log & Timber Home Shows in Canada and the United States.

Hand Selecting the Perfect Logs

Hand selecting logs in Golden, BC

Our location in Golden, BC allows us to hand select the best Douglas Fir logs for our projects. There are many aspects we look for when selecting the logs including tight grains, no knots and no pitch to make sure they are a perfect fit.

President Jeff Bowes takes you through how we hand select our logs and make sure we don’t have logs with inconsistent timber fibre.

Jeff and Rick selected over 190 logs during the visit. Once they are delivered we put them in racks to air dry for a year before we start using them on your projects. We are very fortunate to be able to hand select our logs which allows our clients to receive top quality timber that is suited to the needs of their projects.

 

 

Kootenay Manufacturer of the Year!

CTF Named Manufacturer of the year

We are pleased to announce that we have been named Manufacturer of the year at the recent Kootenay Manufacturing Awards. In their 2nd year the awards recognise the growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of the manufacturing sector.

150 businesses entered the awards which are run by Kootenay Business and we are very proud to have taken out the top award. Congratulations to all of the other winners across the 5 categories and also to those businesses that were nominated.

All of the winners can be found on the Kootenay Business Website. 

 

Study Confirms Forest Industry a Cornerstone of BC's Economy

Forest Industry Cornerstone of Economy

An economic study produced by PwC for the B.C. forest industry confirms that the sector continues to be a cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers across the province.

140 communities in B.C. rely on the forest industry and are considered forest dependent through mills, community forests, or significant logging operations.

 

Employment opportunities

In 2016, the sector generated and supported more than 140,000 total jobs (59,900 direct and an additional 80,828 indirect and induced jobs) in the province. That amounts to forestry generating one out of every 17 jobs in the province and total labour income of $8.6 billion.

  • 1 out of 4 manufacturing jobs in BC are in the forest industry

 

Sustainable Forestry

B.C. has vast forest resources with roughly 60% of its land base (55 million hectares) being productive forest land, providing rich, diverse, and abundant wood fibre. These forests contain approximately 11 billion cubic meters of standing timber.

B.C. is a world leader in sustainable forestry. The industry plants three trees for every tree harvested on average, and less than one percent of the timber land base is harvested each year. 259 million seedlings were planted in 2016 alone!

  • The forest industry has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 60% since 1990
  • Wood insulates 15x better than concrete and 4oox better than steel

Economy

  • B.C. forest industry generated $33 billion in output and $12.9 billion in GDP to the province.

Major Exporter

  • The United States was the top destination for B.C. forest exports in 2016, accounting for 53% of the industry’s exports.
  • BC is the largest producer of softwood lumber in North America
  • 11% of all rail traffic in Western Canada is forest products.

Read the full report here 

Source:

BC Council of Forest Industries https://www.cofi.org

British Columbia’s Forest Industry and the BC Economy in 2016, PwC https://www.cofi.org/wp-content/uploads/BC-Forest-Report-FINAL-Sept-2017.pdf 

Our Q3 CTF Duct Tape Award Winner

The Q3 CTF Duct Tape Award is Presented to Patrick Reinhard

For stepping up & embracing all the challenges that have been put on you the last 3 months. Having a favorable reception to a major shift in your work load & responsibilities; looking for ways to contribute more. For helping to improve the process & for your time spent to help make this workplace better!

Thank You!!

Your award is well deserved!

The Management team at Canadian Timberframes

We will be in Asheville, NC November 3-5, 2017

There are 3 great reasons to drop by Canadian Timberframes booth #303 in Asheville.

Canadian Timberframes offers decades of experience working with clients throughout the United States and we would love to meet up with you between November 3, 2017 - November 5, 2017 in Asheville, NC.

1. We have built a solid reputation as one of the world's premiere timber frame companies not only because of our quality, precision, and passion but because we truly care about our client’s needs.
 
2. Bottom line: CTF wall & roof systems + additional components offer exceptional value during the installation process and provides an efficient & cost effective solution. Offering cost savings to home owners & time savings to builders in various ways.
 
3. You do not pay duty on shipping across the border – we are sending our complete packages all across the United States.

PS.  We would like to provide you with complimentary tickets to the show if you are interested in attending, please email us at sales@canadiantimberframes.com 

Contact us to learn more about our services.

Here are all the details on the The Log & Timber Home Show.  We can offer you complimentary tickets, if you are interested please email us at Sales@canadiantimberframes.com

Canadian Timberframes has built a reputation as the premier design, manufacturer and installer in the timber frame industry by supplying quality product to clients, builders and architects across North America.

We are passionate about our work.  The Canadian Timberframes philosopy has always been to provide our clients with personal timely service, attention to detail, outstanding quality and exceptional value.

Check out Olde Stone one of our Kentucky Homes.

View our Eastern US projects and we invite you to contact us and give us the opportunity to personally discuss your timber frame project.

 

We will be in Marlborough, MA October 27 to October 29, 2017

There are 3 great reasons to drop by Canadian Timberframes booth #327 in Marlborough.

Canadian Timberframes offers decades of experience working with clients throughout the United States and we would love to meet up with you between October 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017 in Marlborough, MA.

1. We have built a solid reputation as one of the world’s premiere timber frame companies not only because of our quality, precision, and passion but because we truly care about our client’s needs.
 
2. Bottom line: CTF wall & roof systems + additional components offer exceptional value during the installation process and provides an efficient & cost effective solution. Offering cost savings to home owners & time savings to builders in various ways.
 
3. You do not pay duty on shipping across the border – we are sending our complete packages all across the United States.

PS.  We would like to provide you with complimentary tickets to the show if you are interested in attending, please email us at sales@canadiantimberframes.com 

Contact Us to learn more about our services.

Here are all the details on the The Log & Timber Home Show.  We can offer you complimentary tickets, if you are interested please email us at sales@canadiantimberframes.com 

Canadian Timberframes has built a reputation as the premier design, manufacturer and installer in the timber frame industry by supplying quality product to clients, builders and architects across North America.

We are passionate about our work.  The Canadian Timberframes philosopy has always been to provide our clients with personal timely service, attention to detail, outstanding quality and exceptional value.

Check out Meredith Bay one of our New Hampshire Homes under construction right now.

View our Eastern US projects and we invite you to contact us and give us the opportunity to personally discuss your timber frame project.

Logs Arriving to begin the process

We constantly refresh our inventory of logs that we keep on hand drying in our large log decks.

This week we have over 20 loads of logs arriving! All the wood comes from within 2 hours of our operations.

Rick is our man unloading the trucks and then he will put them in racks to air dry for a year before we start using the logs on your projects.

 

How good is that view! Another reason to come and see us when you are in British Columbia. We love it in Golden, BC, A great place to live and the perfect location to source quality timber.

Kootenay Business Magazine article: Top of the timber frame game! Canadian Timberframes is a North American success story.

Jeff and Stephanie Bowes of Golden, B.C., are already achieving at least part of their corporate vision and mission: to have their company, Canadian Timberframes Ltd. (CTF), become a leader in its industry across North America; and to employ top talent, providing long-term careers to go with the Golden lifestyle.

Read the full Kootenay Business Magazine article here!

 

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter

Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial! !50 years!

This year has been an interesting & crazy ride so far. With the political changes, economic activity and trade talks, this year has started & continued with a boom, as we say goodbye to the effects of the financial crisis. Plus a pretty big deal for our country – We are celebrating our 150th anniversary, also known as the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

We are proud of the country we live in and proud to be building a business here with one of our most prominent renewable resources, BC Wood. Here are a few more facts to be proud of while celebrating our 150th: 

  • Canada has 347 Million hectares of forest land
  • Less than 0.3% of Canada’s forests are harvested annually
  • Less than 0.02% of Canada’s forests are deforested each year,
  • Plus 100% of forests harvested must be successfully regenerated.

So, we are not only proud of our country but the measures we take to protect one of the world’s most renewable resources.

We hope you enjoy reading through our summer newsletter & all of the exciting new projects on the go.

We would love to hear from you at news@canadiantimberframes.com

20 Loads of Logs Arriving at our Facility

We constantly refresh our inventory of logs that we keep on hand drying in our large log decks.

Over the next couple of days, we have 20 loads of logs arriving! A few loads are dead standing wood from the West Columbia Valley. All the wood comes from within 2 hours of our operations.

Every log is time stamped when it arrives, as we air dry our logs in decks for a year before using our inventory.

Stay tunned to see more pics - when all the logs are decked for drying :) 

Celebrating another 15 year Employee Anniversary!

Today we are honoring Judy Wikman for her 15 years of Service! The second employee of our who has hit 15 years.

June 19, 2002 - present.

We are so grateful & appreciative of your loyal & dedicated contribution over the past 15 years Judy! We look forward to another 15 years!

Judy was presented with her cheque and a plaque to go on our 'wall of fame' where we recognize the tenure and contribution of all of our employees who hit milestones.

We also celebrated Joachim's 5 year Anniversary today as well! Thanks Joachim for all that you have brought to CTF; looking towards many more successful years with you!

We had a great company BBQ to celebrate Judy & our last Quarters accomplishments!

With our deepest appreciation, the CTF's management team

Jeff, Stephanie & Justin

Our Q2 CTF Duct Tape Award Winner

The Q2 CTF Duct Tape Award is Presented to:

Michael Prete

For the outstanding achievement of:

Always thinking about your work week ahead, planning, taking drawings home on the weekend to study on your own time, plus all the extra Sat’s your willing to pitch in and help the company get caught up. And lastly, always being very open to input!

   – Thank You for your contribution!

Go and enjoy a nice dinner out or a weekend of fun from the CTF Management Team!!

Jeff, Stephanie & Justin :) 

New Schacher Trail opened, Canadian Timberframes Dontates Pavilion on Mount 7

“We at Canadian Timberframes are very proud to have donated over $25,000 to this momentous trail and pavilion. We designed, engineered, manufactured & installed this pavilion, not only because what it offers our community & visitors but for the Legacy of Sean Schacher. Sean was a valued employee of ours and his father Rick still is. We think the trail & pavilion are a very fitting tribute to Sean & his family." Says Stephanie Bowes, Executive Director at Canadian Timberframes.

Above Rick Schacher & Family cutting the ribbon at the 'official opening' 

 

Read the full article in the Golden Star Newspaper, for the official opening article of the pavilion at the top of Mount 7, Golden BC

http://www.thegoldenstar.net/community/last-week-the-people-involved-in-the-schacher-trail-development-gathered-for-an-official-opening/

CTF's 12th Consecutive Year Supporting Kicking Horse Culture

 

Canadian Timberframes is proud to be in our 12th consecutive year in supporting Kicking Horse Culture as a Platinum Sponsor!

 

Kicking Horse Culture is a community arts council with a Mission to engage, energize, and enrich the cultural life of Kicking Horse Country through the delivery of a variety of programs and initiatives throughout the year.

The arts are such a wonderful and essential part of our local community. Collectively, arts and culture are powerful drivers in the creative economy and an integral part of a healthy, flourishing community; like ours.

Live Kicks (live entertainment from shows to concerts) provides a platform for memorable experiences like no other, and offers an avenue for Canadian Timberframes to give something back to the wider community, as well as our employees.

We are totally committed to supporting the cultural life of Kicking Horse Country....for years to come! 

This was their first poster & event we sponsored through Kicking Horse Culture - the first year the program started.

 

Canadian Timberframes Q1 Duct Tape Award Winner

The Q1 CTF Duct Tape Award

Is Presented to…..

Eleanor Phillips

For the outstanding accomplishment of:

Always stepping up, filling in, helping other departments, moving summer vacation to back fill for another. Always there to offer her help, assistance & expertise with a smile & can do attitude!

Thank-You Eleanor for all that you do to help keep this boat afloat! And for being  such a wonderful example of our company values. You embody everyone of them!

Sincerely,

The Canadian Timberframes Management Team

 

 

Mountain Living Magazine Features Peace River Ridge Project

It’s exciting when one of our many favourite projects is featured online, it solidifies that the products we’re producing at Canadian Timberframes are the best in the industry! The Peace River Ridge project is a modern mountain design that blends age old timber frame construction with contemporary lines and styles. The clients loved the unique designs, custom design elements and finishes we produce.

 

 

Peace River Ridge utilizes wood, design and other textural elements to create this contemporary and luxurious space that is a reflection of this family’s sense of style. In compliance with the growing trend for green architecture and interior design, the use of natural materials is becoming more and more popular – as seen in this project.

 

 

Explore the full Peace River Ridge project by design, construction and completed phases by clicking through the photos above.

To view the Mountain Living article on our Peace River Ridge project click here

Clients visiting from Ontario

Another visit today from clients who wanted to take the opportunity to fly to the mountains in BC and tour our facility. 

The family flew in from Ontario & are spending the afternoon touring the mill, our manufacturing plant & spending time with our design team in our boardroom on their design.

We are always happy & honored when clients make the trip to our home here in Golden!

Clients visiting from Arizona & building in Montrose Colorado

We often have clients fly in to do a tour of our facility & hit the slopes at the same time up at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

We have clients visiting this week from Arizona who are starting to build in Montrose Colorado!

They were outside, visiting the mill, their canted lumber that has been rough cut and were inside the HO with our designers working through their house design. 

We are always happy to host clients whom are interested in making the trek to Golden BC and to see where their dream home starts from logs, to canted lumber to CNC cut timbers through to finishing & packaging. Stay tuned as we post their project with updates.

Commercial Case Study - Wood Structure VS Steel

The Grizzly Paw Brewery was originally designed as a steel structure (Figure 4a). The cost of steel, the complexity of the serrated roof-line, and the parallelogram layout caused the preliminary cost estimate to exceed the budget. Canadian Timberframes was consulted and preliminary timber designs and cost estimates were developed. The cost for the timber building was significantly less than the steel quotes. It was concluded that a wood structure could meet the budget and all other performance requirements. In fact, the complicated roofline which had been problematic for steel fabricators was a natural fit for the timber supplier’s experience and computerized shaping equipment (Figure 4b). In addition, the timber structure better suits the Rocky Mountain architectural style typical of the area, and will be an appealing aesthetic feature during public tours.

Here is the full case study produced by Canadian Wood Council, Wood Works and Canadian Timberframes.

Q4, 2016 Canadian Timberframes Duct Tape Winner

The Q3 CTF Duct Tape Award

Is Presented to…..

JACK FERGUSON

 

For the outstanding accomplishment of:

Keeping positive attitude, thinking ahead, working through the cold weather with a big smile and his commitment to CTF ! Also, for looking for ways to add value & going the extra mile!    

Thank You Jack!!

Winter 2017 Newsletter

2017 Economic forecast is better than 2016 – What a relief!


U.S. economic outlook for 2017 is looking healthy according to experts with several indicators suggesting that it just might be one thing we won’t need to worry about this year! A bit of good news for many, I am sure. We have seen this new found relief with clients, over the past few months, as many projects that were ‘on hold’ for years are now being resurrected. This year seems to be the year. We are starting off the year with many new projects moving forward in: Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Montana along with various locations throughout Canada.

2017 looks to be a prosperous year as we continue to say goodbye to the effects of the financial crisis and look forward to a stronger future working closely with many Design & Building Professionals. We truly look forward to serving you. 

Jeff Bowes

President & Owner

Canadian Timberframes

Canadian Timberframes announces new ownership & launches a new website!

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year! Here’s to an exciting 2017, and exciting news as well!!

 This year when the clock struck midnight, I found myself fortunate to also be able to toast another mile stone in this incredible timber frame journey that I had me humbled and grateful for where 32 years in this industry had taken me. As January 1st 2017 dawned, the agreement with my 3 partners concluded that had me taking 100% ownership in this great company. I find myself now even more inspired to show our industry where this exceptional team and company is headed!

To mark this occasion, and after months of dedicated work, we are so proud to launch our refined and very refreshed website. This is just one indication of our teams continued commitment to improvement and innovation as we move forward into this New Year.

Get inspired, and have a browse through the many projects we have featured on our website or download our photo ebook & peruse homes at your leisure!

We truly hope to hear from you, and better yet, have you visit us in Golden!

Jeff Bowes

President & Owner

Canadian Timberframes

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