John MacDonald, master timber framer, and his wife, Kim Knight, operate Algonquin Timber Frames in Deep River, Ontario. Timber framing has been John’s “lifetime career”, building his first project in 1975. Since then, he has built timber frame structures throughout Canada but returned to the Ottawa Valley in 2005. He continues to receive and ship orders all over the county and has even shipped frames overseas for tsunami relief in Sumatra, Indonesia. John loves working with people as much as he loves crafting wood, and he is directly involved in the design and building of all his structures.
John builds timber frames used in new homes and additions, as well as feature rooms, porches, gazebos, garages, timber stairs and railings, and any other project a homeowner can envision.
The post-and-beam style and technology falls somewhere “between log home building and traditional wood working”, according to John. His work is very hands-on and makes use of traditional joinery and pegs, all made in his Deep River shop. John works almost exclusively with local eastern white pine, which is easy to work with and stands up to the test of time. There are a number of other local craftsmen who specialize in other aspects of building and sawing that John has come to know and work with on a regular basis for building projects.
You can enlist John’s services by calling him at 613-584-3806. He will work with your contractor to build the home of your dreams, or create that feature room that you always wanted. Algonquin Timber Frames has a great website with pictures of many projects that are sure to inspire. Check it out at www.algonquintimberframes.ca.
“It keeps the local scene happening, allows for competitive prices and provides a quick turn-out of projects” – John MacDonald on the benefits of sourcing local materials and services for building projects.
Algonquin Timber Frames build frames for:
- 1 & 2 story houses
- Sunrooms, studios, screened porches
- Gazebos, pergolas
- Great rooms
- Retail space
- Stairs and railings
- Roof trusses
And also accents for:
- Openings between rooms
- Eave accents