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sigi liebmann owner of international timberframes in golden, bc

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After coming to Canada in 1999 to help establish timberframing in the Golden area, Swiss master timberframer Sigi Liebmann set up International Timberframes in 2003.

He quickly became known as the go-to wood expert offering advice, ideas, inspiration and individual solutions. International Timberframes are still based in Golden BC.

International Timberframes was borne out of Sigi’s love of wood and his desire to show it’s the most natural and healthy product to build with. With his team of highly skilled timberframers he is passionate about the human art and human touch involved: they cut and prepare by hand, making the most of each unique piece of wood in a way no machine can, using traditional craftsman skills.

The team proudly uses state of the art technologies in design and planning, and combines them with these traditional hand-cutting skills. Keeping the timberframe craft alive is fundamental to the business.

International Timberframes is now a well established Timberframer in BC and Alberta providing all styles of timberframe work, from modern and contemporary to rustic or traditional. They design, cut and install a wide range of projects:

  • Full timber-frame packages for homes or commercial applications

  • Timberframe additions to existing structures

  • Timberframe additions to existing structures

  • Decorative timber accents and brackets

  • Timberframe Stairs

  • Decks and Railings

  • Timber Gazebos and landscape features

  • Speciality heavy timber furniture

  • Heavy timber design and pre-engineering of Timberstructures

Values and Principles

We love wood

Authentically Modern

Wood has been used by artisans and builders for thousands of years and by preserving traditional skills and passing on our skills we can keep the craft alive. In a modern world with a bewildering array of artificial products, wood is the real thing. Wood stands the test of time.

Leading Edge

We love innovative design and providing wood solutions where others may not have the expertise. We take authentic properties of wood and couple them with leading edge technologies in design and planning to deliver outstanding quality work.

Integrity

Wood has been used by artisans and builders for thousands of years and by preserving traditional skills and passing on our skills we can keep the craft alive. In a modern world with a bewildering array of artificial products, wood is the real thing. Wood stands the test of time.

Sustainable

We believe that words like green, sustainable and healthy have honest meaning beyond marketing. If properly managed wood is the ultimate healthy building material. We will always try to do the right thing, for the client, for the community and for the planet. We take whole-hearted steps to act in as environmentally sustainable a manner as we can, every day, every week, every project.

Our Mission

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To demonstrate our love of wood in everything we do, showing it’s the most natural and healthy product to build with.

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To build simple and highly efficient homes to serve humans for centuries.

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To inspire with the human touch, cut and prepare by hand, making the most of each unique piece of wood, using traditional craftsman skills coupled with new technologies.

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To have the reputation as the go-to wood experts who offer ideas, inspiration and individual solutions.

Beautiful Forest in Nature, trees

To take whole hearted steps to conserve our planet by doing everything as sustainably as we possibly can.

Our team

We have a dedicated crew

sigi liebmann international timberframes

Sigi Liebmann

Owner and Master Timberframer

Founder of International Timberframes in 2003. Over the years has given technical advice to many Timberframe companies. Sigi’s love of wood is coupled with his love of living naturally and simply: he lives on a small farm, keeps bees, a small fold of Scottish Highland cattle, loves gardening and anything related to trees.
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Raphael Spinner

Project Manager

Originally from Switzerland where he trained as a Timberframer and Heavy Timber technician. After an internship in Canada he moved here permanently. Now a certified Passive House Designer, when not working you can find Raphael paragliding, running, swimming, skiing or in his shop woodworking.
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Nathan Briggs

Project Manager

With a diploma in Civil Engineering and over 12 years of Cadwork design and construction management experience, Nate is happy to put his attention to detail to work on projects. He is an active (and amazing) mountain biker and skier. Born and raised in Golden, and now raising 2 young children here, he loves family time when not riding and bike-racing around BC.

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Zsolt Mozes

Timberframer and Finishing Carpenter

Zsolt comes from Hungary where he trained as a cabinet maker. His passion is hiking and skiing, preferably when he can do them on the same day. He loves that you can do almost anything with wood, and Zsolt can! Being Hungarian he makes the best goulash ever, enough for 30 over a large open fire. Book him for the next raising party!

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Darcy Northmore

Timberframer

Originally from Ontario Darcy did a variety of things before falling in love with wood. He moved to BC and trained as a log builder. He is our problem solver – he loves a challenge with wood. Recently engaged Darcy and his fiancee love hiking in the mountains, working in the garden and building things.
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Cory Schacher

Cory Schacher

Timberframer

Cory has lived in Golden all of his life.  With his wife and 4 children he lives in his hand-cut timberframe home on 10 acres of forest.  He has worked with wood his whole life: in a sawmill, in forestry and in timber framing for the last 10 years and is an exceptionally talented wood carver.  Cory thinks sawdust makes the best air freshener and wishes he could find deodorant that smells like it (we haven’t checked this one with his wife). He does do one thing that doesn’t involve wood – fishing for trout!

Sven Schuler

Sven Schuler

Timberframer

Originally from Switzerland Sven qualified as a traditional masonry oven builder.  He’s been in Golden now for over 10 years after time working, travelling and exploring in different countries.  He is now enjoying transferring his craftsman skills and expertise to wood and loves quality material and tools.  If we need to get fit we need to spend more time with Sven who loves the outdoors:  in winter you’ll find him backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering and in summer alpine climbing, trail running and cycling.

Leanne Simonson

Leanne Simonson

Office Administrator

Raised in the Columbia Valley in a timber industry family, Leanne loves the outdoors and enjoys exploring in remote areas so she spends as much time ‘out there’ as possible. She is a stickler for details which serves her well in her administration roles and is evidenced by her passion for (and collection of) genealogy and family history.
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