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Sign up for eletters today and get the latest how-to from Fine Homebuilding plus special offers Tedd Benson one of the most celebrated homebuilders in America has been a leader in reintroducing the art of timber framing and has continued to develop it using modern technology to create structures of lasting beauty and high efficiency He also built a successful business stalwart enough to sail through the Great Recession and expand I recently had the opportunity talk with Tedd Benson and learn about his background his business and his plans for the future Tell us about your background and how you discovered timber-framing I grew up in Colorado the sixth of 11 children in a lower-income family so I worked through high school doing construction mostly heavy-equipment operation This got me into the new developments around town where the carpentry was going on which appealed to me Back then just being a young buck that could swing a big hammer was all it took get a job on a construction crew I learned the rudiments of carpentry but mostly how to swear and other crude things I didn’t learn at home But it wasn’t until I moved to Boston where I had the chance to work with old-world craftsmen on historical buildings that I discovered the art of fine carpentry We rehabilitated buildings 200 and 300 years old lovingly repairing them because they were worth it They were beautiful and functional as all buildings should be I became enthralled with the large timbers nail-free joinery framing with the tolerances of fine furniture I asked all the questions who did this what kind of tools did they use why aren’t we doing this anymore The guys knew the answers They had inherited tools from their grandfathers and my keen interest sparked renewed interest among them But they were older and lives don’t last forever Those experiences and connections led to another job and then another and before I knew it without a plan I was working for myself I didn’t think I was in business but I was I had decided I wanted to build with timber frames as this craft should never have died so I devoted myself to it in 1974 Five years later I wrote a book about it Building the Timber Frame House: The Revival of a Forgotten Art (Scribners 1981) The purpose of the book was to get the word out we were one of very few companies doing it back then and we wanted many others to do it too For timber-framing to become a viable and living art we needed an industry not a few scattered zealots How did you develop such a high-profile brand and solid business Some of the most important things we do in life like parenting and being a husband we do with no education This is what happened to me in business I had no background no education and I even denied being in business I would come into the office to answer the phone with my carpenter’s belt on But I surrounded myself with really good people that filled in my gaps and helped me to overcome my deficits Then a big thing happened in the late 1980s I found myself stuck in a rut After so much passion I had lost my inspiration It was getting heavy and the business started getting in the way of our passion and progress Two guys I had worked with for many years really my best employees came in late and dragging and I was about to go into a rant and chew them out And then I don’t know why I stopped myself and realized that the problem was me We had built great homes but not a good business I called my employees together and confessed my concerns about our business and my role I announced I would take a sabbatical to figure it out We had to create a good business as well as do great craft I thought it would take me about 10 days but it was four months This was 1989 There was a lot of good literature about business then It was the heyday of professional business management and through reading and reading I got as excited about the craft of business as I had become about timber-framing I realized I was a good craftsman at heart and this was another craft that I also could master I did my own self-taught MBA When I came back to work I pleaded guilty to my employees: “All these years you have been doing things my way I have been a bad leader You have followed me and I taught you the craft but I also became a dictator” I was a benevolent dictator but we did not have a democratic structure I said “I don’t want to do this my way anymore I want to find our way” I reasoned that if timber-framing was an expression of a philosophy of life we had to define our mission together and figure out what do we wanted to next and how The transition was not easy but now we now have wonderful businesses and not just a successful one It has become an expression our values not just Tedd’s values Do you have a mission statement Yes but it’s not a snappy phrase It’s an ecology as complex as a Rubik’s Cube-like life But if I were to say there’s a nut it would be: “Through process and product improving people’s lives” We just had a holiday party and we are now celebrating people who have been with us 15 25 and 30 years We have 75 employees How about the recession This recession tested us It’s easy to remain a magnanimous business in the good times tough in the tough times During these lean years it’s not been about profit-sharing; it’s about splitting a proverbial six-pack between 75 employees So we’ve put a lot of effort in investing in ourselves and looking at the future which would not have been possible without the strong “we’re all in this together” culture we developed An organization is an organic thing I may have set organization in motion but then it created and re-created itself so that now I can no longer claim the credit It has shaped me as much or more than I have shaped Bensonwood It’s not just mine but ours It has the lasting strength of a tight-knit community What’s next People need to be able to afford great homes and we’ve been building moderate-priced homes for a long time although it’s not celebrated in architectural magazines When we started timber-framing was not well known or even desirable All of our clients were working people teachers police officers and back-to-the-landers and most were do-it-yourselfers as well We’d build the shell and they would finish it off sometimes with our help We were the local affordable homebuilder Only problem: We didn’t make a good living In the early ’80s before my personal business eureka moment we decided as a company that if we were really going to have a legitimate business and raise the craft to the level we wanted we had to work on high-end homes the best homes built in America We made a conscious effort to get there It meant things like hiring real architects putting a real structural engineer on staff and then focusing on the highest level of craft possible to deserve the position we sought We were successful Bensonwood Homes moved into the high-end market and has been building high-quality custom homes all over the United States We developed all the requisite skills and now we even make drop-dead beautiful furniture for our buyers But we never forgot the original mission We still sought ways to move down the market to make all of this viable and affordable for working people The past six years have given us the opportunity to explore this market segment again with and without timber-framing We now build turnkey homes for $200000 to $400000 But this still does not get press coverage; it’s known only locally? 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