At Strong Timbers, Inc we are committed to crafting beautiful structural timber frames for homes, barns and other buildings.  We design and fabicate using traditional mortise and tenon joinery in northern Michigan near Traverse City.  We do not sell and assemble a timber kit designed and produced by another company.


The strength and soul of a timber frame is embodied by the old barn down the road.  Like the builders of the old barn we build with traditional and functional mortise and tenon joinery.  Though we enjoy incorporating steel into our frames as dictated by style, structural needs or cost.

What We Do

Working near the lakes and sand dunes surrounding Traverse City, MI we handcraft one timber frame at a time.  Since 1997 we have provided the following services:


- Timber frame design and engineering

- Timber frame production and installation

- Structural insulated panel (SIP) design and installation

- Barns, homes and commercial projects


When in the Traverse City area, stop and visit the tasting rooms at Black Star Farms and Brengman Brothers both in Leelanau County.  Take a moment to sample the wines produced by these wineries while inspecting our work.

Who We Are

Rick Shumaker - Rick is often your first contact for a timber project.  Rick designs our frames, coordinates engineering review and prepares project estimates and quotes.  He also manages projects and is active in the shop and on site.  Rick has a Masters degree in engineering and is an established timber framer with 15 years experience.


When not making sawdust, Rick tries to keep ahead of his sons Luke and Alex and sneak in an occasional bike ride.


To learn more about Strong Timbers, Inc and discuss your project contact:


Rick Shumaker: strongtimbers@gmail.com




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