Hello everyone! My name is Brice Cochran and I am the creator of Timber Frame HQ and own a small design firm. I am married to my wife Christie of thirteen years, and have two young children, Maddie and Liam.
I first got into timber framing after years of doing fun and odd jobs, such as auto mechanic, substitute teaching, and most fun, raft guiding. After getting married though, I decided that I really wanted to settle down and do something that incorporated two of my lifelong passions-art and math.
I started off my timber framing career as an apprentice for a local timber framer. After working in the shop and picking up some good techniques, I decided to design and build our first timber frame house. It was a smaller house, but good practice nonetheless to take it from the ground up.
Right before the time that I was about to launch my own business, I was offered a job with a timber frame company in another state. Since our daughter was about to make her appearance into the world, I thought it would be a great opportunity to have work guaranteed and to be able to work with some nationally known timber frame designers. While I learned a lot during my three years there, and was able to work on some complex timber frames, I still had the itch to do my own thing. In late 2009, I started Whetstone Designs, LLC. It is a company that focuses on high quality timber frame design for all sizes and budgets.