Timber Framing with Tools
My other company, Pfiffner Design Build is a small design/build company that specializes in traditional timber frame and log construction, custom doors, and specialty woodwork.  This photo is taken at straw bale/timber frame home in Sleemen Gulch, just outside of Lolo, Montana .
The photo was taken inside of a circular tower we built on this home. You are looking at the hand built window bucks and beginning plaster stage. This tower was very labor intensive. Each window buck was made from scratch and the straw bale work had to be formed in a circular manner with chicken wire.Then the plaster was applied of the top creating a smooth finish. Every piece in this home was hand picked and 90% reclaimed. When this photo was taken, we were finishing the interior details as well as some of the complex roof details. It was an amazing process starting from scratch including the design.
The subject of this photo caught my attention as the light came through and the wood working tools were on the table in the foreground. It captures the essence of the hand crafted style of the home.

About the author

My original inspiration for landscape and wildlife photography began in northwestern Wisconsin, where I was raised observing the hilly farm and lake country landscapes. I was drawn to the Rocky Mountains and Montana in the mid 90s, when I relocated to Missoula to pursue photography. I have been fascinated with the land and with photographic opportunity since. I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2003 and 2004 and since graduating, have enjoyed incorporating photography into my every day life. I spend virtually all of my spare time outdoors, where the natural world continues to be a source of creative inspiration for me.

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