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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Georgetown, MA

    New to this forum but not woodworking

    I don't have a formal resume on hand, but I can tell you about myself.
    After high school I worked for ten years in my father's furniture factory. I worked with eastern white pine lumber, primarily. This is my background in using wood and lumber. My family closed the business after my father died.
    I started a firewood business, and cut wood and sold it, during the summers. And in the winter time; I went to work for an oil heat company driving a truck delivering home heating oil. They asked me to work for them full time; which I did for several years.
    I then began a trucking and landscaping business; which I worked during the summers. And I bought a logging truck and started hauling logs to a sawmill during the winter months. At the sawmill, I learned saw milling from an old timer. He taught me how to saw logs to make lumber and timbers.
    In 1994 I bought a portable sawmill, and stopped the landscaping business.
    While operating the sawmill people would ask me to saw timbers for them for their barn projects.
    Then one customer asked me how big a "summer beam" should be. Well, I didn't know what a summer beam was let alone how big it should be.
    I called a local timber framer that I knew and asked him how I could learn about timber framing. Since then he has been an advisor to me, as well as a good friend. He suggested that I get a couple of books on timber framing and to read up on the subject.
    One book was put out by the fellow in Maine that owns and operates a timber framing school. And in 2000, I went to his school and took a timber framing course. Later that year I joined the Timber Framers Guild and got involved in a barn project in Massachusetts. There I operated a sawmill cutting timber for this barn. I worked with the guild instructors learning how to cut joints. And I attended the raising where we put the barn together in one day.
    Shortly after that I took a week long course with Jack Sobon and Dave Carlon learning square rule timber framing using traditional hand tools (no power tools). And Jack Sobon and Dave Carlon have been friends and advisors ever since.
    I have attended every eastern conference of the timber framer’s guild since 2002. I am a member of the engineering council of the guild.
    I was a presenter at the last Eastern conference in Oct of 2007.
    And I have had an article published in the guild's magazine "Timber Framing.”
    I have attended Heartwood School, in western MA, taking a one week course in joinery decisions and timber frame engineering.
    I have attended many engineering workshops held by the guild as pre conference workshops.
    I have attended many guild workshops of various subjects.
    I have attended as many guild raisings as possible since 2002.
    I have read many books on timber frame design and construction.
    In December 2002, I began teaching basic timber framing here at my sawmill yard and workshop. Since then we have completed three full frames. Two of these frames have been sold and enclosed at the customer's location. One frame is here for sale, at this time. We just finished an addition for another frame that was shipped to Texas. So far since these instructional workshops began, here at the sawmill yard, 42 students have attended.
    Also, I have taught a one week course in Texas to beginner timber framing students, of all ages.
    I have taught a one week course in Mississippi to beginner timber framing students.
    As mentioned above I am a member of the Timber Framers Guild, and a member of the Timber Framers Guild Engineering Council, a sub group of the guild.
    I am the moderator of the timber framing section of the Forestry Forum at
    I am currently and have been for several years teaching and consulting at the Winthrop High School's after school program, at Winthrop, MA. We have cut the joints for a structure to be used as a museum. The theme is a Viking long house, as the school mascot is the Viking. This frame will be raised soon.
    The cad program that I use to draw timber frames is Dietrichs 3D-CAD/CAM for Wood Building. I have been using this software since 2002. I have been with the North American distributor as a demonstrator, salesman, and instructor. And I am the User Group organizer for the North American distributor software company. I teach how to use the software to draw timber frame structures.
    Jim Rogers Sawmill began operation on February 2, 1994 at 117-R Jewett Street, Georgetown, MA.
    Jim Rogers Timber Designs began on December 1, 2004 as a part time business at the same location.
    Since the Timber Design business began, I have drawn many frames for clients. Six (that I know of) have been erected, two in Texas and three in Massachusetts. One in WV, and two are in progress.

    I have just made arrangements with a fellow in VT who wants to host timber framing workshops for beginners of all ages.

    Please see my post in the Commercial posting zone about this workshop.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this long post about me.

    Jim Rogers

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Welcome to the Family, Jim!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Welcome Jim, and I have sent you an email asking for information about the workshops.
    Cheers, Frank

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Welcome Jim. You are a man of many talents.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    Impressive background Jim; welcome to the Family.


    "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
    Vince Lombardi

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Arkadelphia, Arkansas
    Jim, it's obvious to me that with you wood is a passion as well as a profession. Welcome to the family! Looking forward to some interesting posts from you.

    I have a mind like a steel trap....
    ....rusty and illegal in 29 states.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Welcome Jim !!!!

    We are not too far away.
    Although I've never been involved with it timber framing as always interested me I'd love to see your operation sometime.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Welcome Jim. You're career has been a whirlwind, but sounds fascinating. We like lots of pics

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    welcome jim and your resume speaks volumes about you and wood..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Georgetown, MA
    Thanks for all your comments and welcomes.

    I do have lots of pictures, of lots of things.

    Recently we erected a small timber frame shed, and the client's son did a time lapse movie of the event. It is on YouTube.

    If you want to see it here is the link:

    Also, I have posted some YouTube videos and I do have a series of videos about timber framing layout tools on my website.

    My partner and I restore and sell Vintage Tools to timber framers but some of you may also use these tools in your woodworking projects.

    Sorry, that kind of sounds like advertising. But anyway.

    Nice site, hope to meet up with some of you face to face anytime.

    Jim Rogers
    Keep your chisels sharp....

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