Residential, Commercial and Institutional Projects
Traditional Japanese Post and Beam and timber frame buildings showcase an emphasis on craftsmanship, creativity and aesthetic appearance of the structure as a whole. In 1994, Tom Owens, co-owner of High Country Timberframe came across an article in Fine Homebuilding magazine about a traditional Japanese home being built in northern California by Len Bracket. "I was struck by the simple elegance of the home and was smitten by the "sukiya" style of Japanese design from that point forward."
Tom spent years in the Santa Cruz Mountains, working as a "deshi", or, apprentice on a traditional minka [farmhouse] learning the craft of Japanese Post and Beam Construction. "I wanted to learn first-hand everything I could about Japanese carpentry. I couldn't afford to go to Japan, so this was an ideal opportunity."
Now, decades later, High Country Timberframe has designed and built traditional Japanese timber frame buildings for various residential and commercial projects across the Eastern U.S. including The Dawes Arboretum & Japanese Garden, Newark, Ohio and the The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY, for their Kiku Festival.