A History of Oak Framing
Oak Framing is steeped in history. It was first used in the Neolithic period for the construction of rudimentary shelters from local timbers. Developments in the technique can be tracked across the ages, including that of the Roman Empire when mortise and tenon joints were first introduced. The practice was truly perfected by English Carpenters between 12th and 15th Centuries, when demand for oak frames flourished in a nation benefiting from International Trade. Their renowned attention to detail and use of only the highest grades of oak ensured that many examples of their work still remain. The techniques they passed on established the traditions that we seek to uphold today.
Recent years have seen oak frames experience another surge in popularity. They offer a series of benefits that have become increasingly appreciated and relevant, such as low carbon footprint. Unlike many construction materials, oak occurs naturally and is sustainable. It also offers decades, or even centuries, of service with little or no maintenance.
Oak frames actually improve with age, as the timbers contract to tighten the structure whilst gently silvering down in colour. The ability to blend sympathetically into most gardens or grounds is another advantage offered by oak framed buildings, particularly as this can help with the planning process. Local authorities also appreciate that frames can be constructed with any style of brick or finished with any tile, allowing them to remain in keeping with the local vernacular.