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   C A B I N S   ~   P A V I L I O N S

  and all other manner of shelter fit for man, beast, and crop




The Sweetgrass Joinery Company was established in 2001 on our family farm in Geauga County, Ohio.  Founded as an intentionally small & innately personal timber-framing company, it remains so to this day.  Fifteen years and counting, I’m still quietly designing and crafting traditional “bench made” timber frames one at a time in my little shop at the corner of a hay field, near the edge of the farm woods.

I firmly believe that historically-based heavy timber carpentry is truly a handicraft, deeply rooted in the past, yet remains relevant and uniquely adaptable to modern architecture.  This simple premise guides my hands and heart through each project, be it large or small, fancy or plain.

My patterns of design, methods of work, and choice of materials arise from the wood cultures of both Early America and Northern Europe. I prefer and encourage the use of locally grown and harvested sources of wood and often integrate trees harvested from the building site.

I make a concerted effort to practice a way of design & building that is balanced, principled, and faithful to the craft.

My timber-work is fully structural and differs little from the vernacular timber carpentry of 200 years ago. I use traditional mortise & tenon joinery secured with riven wooden pegs and wedges. Sometimes, the old ways simply remain the best ways.

From my point of view, the process is just as important as the product. I work solo, taking on one job at a time.  My pace is relatively slow and methodical, allowing me to offer you a consistently high level of craftsmanship and creativity with a keen attention towards detail, through & through.  Hopefully, you’ll find my work to be well worth the wait.

Please look over this sampling of my labor and don’t hesitate to write or call with your questions.  I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to design and craft such an array of timber-frames for so many wonderful friends over the past years. Perhaps you will consider me when the time comes.  I look forward to meeting you and working with you.


In Gratitude,

S.A. Carlson, owner/maker




 “For no matter what you do, you should keep in mind the Creator of all things.” -St. Peter of Damascos