Meet Collin Beggs
In 1994 at the age of 20, I decided to become a carpenter. I did not know it at the time, but my dedication to craft would bring me limitless challenges and fulfillment of my life’s dream to live with meaning.
I began as a union carpenter in Portland, Oregon.
After a bit, I wanted to further my knowledge of wood and travelled to study at Pat Wolfe’s school of Log Building in Ontario, Canada. After which I returned to my home state of Alaska and worked professionaly as a full scribe log builder. A chance encounter with a photograph of a Timber Frame decided me to depart Alaska and begin persuing the craft of Timber Framing. In 1997 I moved to the North East and began working as a Timber Framer.
Over the course of 6 years I worked in a variety of shops, from technologically oriented shops to using traditional hand-tools for 17-18th century restoration.
At the same time that I was apprenticing in various shops, I also pursued the craft through attending various schools such as The Fox Maple School of Natural Building, The Heartwood School, Yestermorrow Design Build School, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Shaker Hanckock Traditional Timber Framing Workshop and became a member of the Traditional Timber Framing Research and Advisory Group, The Timber Framers Guild and The Carpenters Fellowship out of England.
In addition, I had a special devotion to seeking out the old masters to challenge and inform myself. During this time I developed a keen interest in re-creating in myself the master-builder of medieval times. One who undergoes not only an apprenticeship of the body but also the mind and spirit. The master builder was carpenter, architect and general contractor rolled into one.
After 10 years of hands on learning, coupled with intensive training courses and one on one teaching, I felt it time to open the doors to my own shop in 2004. I did this with great respect as I felt the entire tradition resting upon my own shoulders to uphold. This began in Maine, but truly took off in Sandpoint, Idaho where my family and I now reside. As a Timber Framer I see myself in a long lineage of Master Builders and it is with this intention that I approach the craft.
I have committed my life to the built environment, one which will hold the seeds of hope and inspire each of us in our interactions with it.