From the earliest forms and practices of building, the structure has been the focus. Primitive buildings were constructed of posts, a cap or roof and then some sort of wrapping. Later this developed into the ornate structures of castles and cathedrals, giving proper recognition to the skills of the architect, builder and the materials they employed. A timber or steel frame structure allows flowing open spaces where activities will intertwine and denizens interact to create life. Unfortunately, building practices have moved away from incorporating "bones" as a visual and design element to a more conventional tenet of burying them like the dead.

Timbers, rafters, braces and trusses, whether structural or decorative, add a wonderful design element to buildings. They are big, bold and eye catching. Often these are not easy to incorporate, adding costs in the form of engineering, materials and labor. It is simpler and more cost effective to employ engineered products and stick framing, carrying the same loads on many more members, which are then buried from view. To employ the structural elements is to expose the true art of design, from conception to reality, and embrace the structure as a whole.

I am, of course, not the first to write of "embracing the bones of building". This writing is simply to serve as a reminder to embrace the structure and the beauty and creativity that it represents. Vintage Woods and Metals is constantly pushing the limits of custom finishing structural design elements. From siding to decking, braces to trusses, we offer proven solutions to the many obstacles that are faced throughout the creative process.