Monthly Archives: January 2011


I’m a timberframer and preservation carpenter, and regularly work on Covered Bridge restoration projects.

Bridgewrighting can be a tough row to hoe, for a myriad of reasons. From scheduling issues to differing philosophies on what is appropriate in methods and materials. Which might drive a willingness to participate based on whether specified “repairs” are sensitive to true preservation methodologies and the bridges original construction, or introduce dis-similar materials, or a reconfiguration of original framing, this born of ignorance, or worse. To many jurisdictions still not sufficiently vetting bidders resumes – Which is to say, just because a company is on that state approved bidder’s list and capable of building that seven or eight figure overpass type steel reenforced concrete deck bridge, this does not mean they are in any way capable of restoring a traditionally built wooden bridge…

So, I have much to say about all this and more – And despite my tough row observation, I promise not to whine.