THE OAK FRAMING PROCESS
At the heart of the frame making process are the frame designers who not only design the 'look' of the oak frame, but also the numerous joints that hold the structure together. Because of the nature of how we work, oak frame design is as much a part of the production method as the actual fabrication itself.
Therefore, each frame designer must have a thorough understanding of the specialist software on which the frame is designed and also have extensive knowledge of oak framing. Addressing the equally important issues of structural integrity and aesthetic appeal is paramount to the success of the eventual design. That is why all our trainees go through a thorough induction in both the workshop and on-site.
Oakwrights choose only the highest quality, sustainable green oak for our projects. Green Oak has been felled within 18 months and still contains a large percentage of water - this is opposed to dried-oak which has been naturally or forcefully dried. Green Oak is far better to work and over time, ages with the building to produce a beautiful, unique character. In addition, green oak shrinks across the grain as it dries out over time. All Oakwrights designers take this shrinkage into account, creating joints, pegs and holes accordingly - over the months and years, the shrinkage pulls the joints even tighter and strengthens the frame. So, you can be rest assured, your oak frame home will become better with age - both structurally and aesthetically.