Woodpecker-European Timber Framing Ltd’s founder Peter Graul, a trained Timber Framer with over 20 years experience , came from Germany and has been operating in Canada for over 16 years . He brings the expertise of century old techniques that have been used in Germany crafting Timber Frames for over 800 years. Peter’s vision was to use the unique attributes of Canadian Timber coupled with European Craftmanship to build the best Timberframes in the world. He has successfully done that, continuing to grow his business to the operation it is today. While constantly advancing Woodpecker’s technology…sustainability and efficiency are always his focus. Peter is respected in the Canadian Timber Frame Community, as he continues to steward Environmental Building methods in Canada.
Sabine Klauk is an invaluable member of the WPTF team. As the Office Manager, Sabine looks after all aspects of accounting, and administration in the office. Sabine often acts as a liaison between the client and the work site, and is involved with scheduling and booking equipment, as well as procuring and purchasing for projects. Sabine also supports all the WPTF employees with any issues, questions or concerns, in a HR management role.
Sabine’s love of the mountains brought her to Banff 12 years ago, where she fell in love with the area and never left. Sabine and her dog Winnie, enjoy summers hiking, mountain biking and kayaking, and both cross country and downhill skiing during the winter months.
Thomas Riexinger is our resident Operations Manager and Safety Officer. Thomas is a Timber Frame professional that has worked at WPTF for over 5 years. He manages all of our work sites, from Scheduling, Crews, Equipment, Quality Control and Safety. Thomas’ dedication and commitment to safety has ensured WPTF COR Certification, as well he is an accredited National Construction Safety Officer. Thomas looks after all aspects of communication between the shop and the work site ensuring, accuracy and efficiency. He would describe his job as:
Thomas loves living and working in the Bow Valley and enjoys the natural surroundings of the mountain parks.
Dorian Dincher is a technical drafts person with a Master’s Degree in Wood Engineering from BTEC, France. Dorian’s construction experience includes technical management on site, as well he has experience in all aspects of estimating, safety and logistics.
Dorian has timber framing in his blood, as he is the 4th generation in his family to work in the timber frame industry in France.
Dorian’s favorite timber frame building is Centre Pompidou, in Metz, France. He feels this is a design that best illustrates how flexible and versatile timber can be used in architectural design, particularly using all of the different types and applications of engineered timber.
Dorian enjoys working in the Bow Valley and enjoys every day in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, as an avid fitness and outdoor enthusiast.
David Lane is our Drafting & Design Lead who was graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Architectural Technology. David is involved in all aspects of Design and Cadwork at WPTF and works closely with Architects and Engineers, as well as our production team to ensure accuracy and quality. He is committed to the Timber Frame industry, as he enjoys the challenge of designing buildings where the structural components are not hidden. “I like the fact that every component is unique in the structure, and I pay attention to each timber in every timber frame I create.
As an avid skier and hiker, Canmore was the perfect place for me to live and work. I also enjoy astrophotography and the mountains provide an amazing foreground for shots of the Milk Way.
With over 35 years experience as a Master Timber Framer Stefan Kubis is one of our most experienced crew leaders. As our lead Project Manager and Supervisor at WPTF. Stefan’s attention to detail and dedication make every project he works on special. We know that every aspect of his work, has been done with precision and every attention to detail has been considered.
Canmore is home for Stefan where he can enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Rocky Mountains. He appreciates the natural surroundings of Alberta and British Columbia.
Lori Sutherland has worked in the Construction and Design Industry for over 25 years. As a Sales and Marketing professional, she has worked in all aspects of both the Commercial and Residential Construction Industry. Lori loves design, technology and Timber Frames! She is dedicated and passionate about promoting Canadian products and designers in the construction community. “Traditional values and ethics are important to me. I always strive to exceed my client’s expectations and win their trust, through clear communication, follow up and professionalism. I feel very fortunate to work in the Timber Frame Industry…I really love what I do!”
Lori is a very proud Canadian and Albertan. She appreciates the majesty of our mountain parks, warmth of our communities and knows the business opportunities in Alberta are amazing. Lori and her family takes full advantage of the world class skiing, camping and hiking every chance they can get.