No Waste – High Tech Timberframing

I watched this video and was impressed by all the cool automated technology used to create the timberframe  components.  But I also thought, where’s the fun in that?


Industrially precut timber framing has become the predominant house construction method throughout Japan. In this documentary, Bakoko explains the process from factory floor to building site.


Sure the process makes sense from a production point of view.

  • Less Waste
  • More Speed
  • More Precision
  • Fewer Humans ?!?!?  errr I mean more cost effective.
It is hard to argue a reason not to produce all timber frame  components this way.  The only thing missing is the heart of the builder and the skill of “reading the timber” and the fun of actually creating the puzzle pieces by hand.