From Design to Finished Product
Woodpecker European Timber Framing is a full-service design manufacturer that offers innovative and experienced timber framing. We are located in Canmore, (Exshaw), Alberta right next door to some of the world’s best quality Timber.
As an experienced Timber Framing company, not only do we do we supply, manufacture and install the timber, but we also do all the upfront planning in design, drafting, and support engineering the project. In order to be competitive, we offer fully automated Timber manufacturing with our new Robot and CNC Planer. Our experienced Timber framers work with the best power tools, machinery, and traditional hand tools.
Due to our European roots, we have experience in all aspects of the Mass Timber Industry, as it has been a preferred building method in Europe for over three decades. Mass timber construction uses large prefabricated structural wood members for wall, floor and roof construction. This construction technique allows the structural components to be revealed, exposing the beauty of the material. Some of these products include glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT) and nail-laminated lumber (NLT). These products are a much a higher quality than conventional steel or concrete.
We are proud to introduce our own “unique” type of building – the timber frame home with a twist. Equipped with an innovative type of wood-based ecological building material from Germany, Woodpecker blends German engineering & technology with Canadian wood fibre quality & craftmanship, using our own Enerficient wall and roof panel system. Our Timber buildings are unique as they comprise of only modern energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building materials.
Our company is here to offer you:
- In house consultation, 3D-design, joinery and installation of residential and commercial timber frame structures throughout Western Canada and the United States.
- New fully automated timber cutting Robot and CNC timber planer.
- Large timber inventory at our primary 10,000 sq. ft. shop facility in Canmore, (Exshaw), AB
- Our process is from start to finish with every project.
- Our team starts with a sales department, estimators, design and drafting team, production, construction management and installation.
- Our team consists of trained and licensed Canadian and European carpenters, as well as Timber Frame journeymen
- Prefabricated Enerficient® wall and roof panels (SIP-like) designed and built in-house
- We build energy efficient, sustainable buildings, using energy efficient and environmentally friendly materials.
- We build LEED, LBC and supply Passive House projects.
- Canadian Green Build Council Member, and National Finalist for “Product of the Year”!
- Woodpecker is COR certified and our Production Manager is a certified NCSO.
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.
MARY SNYDEROffice Manager
Mary Snyder is a valuable member of the WPTF team. As the Office Manager, she looks after all aspects of accounting, administration, and Human Resources. She is happy to support the WPTF employees with questions or concerns they have.
Mary was raised in Flin Flon and in Winnipeg, MB. She LOVES the mountains, and has been drawing, painting, and writing about them for many years. Mary is so excited to now work in the mountains, where she can look at the changing scenes, on a daily basis.
Before Mary came to WPTF/Alberta, she worked in the Not-For-Profit field in office management and accounting, for over 20 years. Mary comes with a certificate in bookkeeping as well as a Diploma in Multimedia Applications Specialist.
MIKE SONEFFSales & Estimator
Mike Soneff's Bio, coming soon.
Thomas RiexingerOperations Manager and Safety Officer
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. 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.
David LaneDrafting & Design Lead
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.
Stefan KubisTimber Frame Carpenter
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.
Rolf ZingerliCNC Operator/Timber Framer
Rolf Zingerli has 23 years experience in the timber framing Industry.
Coming to Canada in 2015 from Switzerland, where he worked as timber framer for many years, he understands all areas of timber framing.
Rolf is very detail oriented, ensuring all timbers are precisely cut using our CNC machine.
As our residence cowboy, he loves horses and all things western!