Who We Are
We are a team of designers, engineers, craftsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. We care about our community, our clients and the ecology of our region. When we’re not pursuing innovative ways to build with heavy timber you can find us hiking, skiing, riding, hunting and fishing in the Teton back-country.
We take a very long view of what we do and build at Teton Timberframe. We design all of our buildings to last for generations. We design them to use renewable energy and as little of that as possible. We carefully consider the sources of our forest resources and what their highest and best use is. We hire good, local craftsmen, treat them with respect and encourage them to pursue their passions outside of work. In this way we try to balance multiple bottom lines including profitability, social responsibility and environmental stewardship.
Adam Riley Owner, Builder
Adam was born and raised in New Hampshire, got his civil engineering degree from the University of Vermont in 1994 and moved to Jackson Hole to climb and ski and build beautiful homes. In 2005 Adam and his wife Christina moved to Teton Valley, Idaho to live the good life and build timber frame homes with company founder Bryce Broughton. Adam knows a bit about residential design, construction management, playing rugby and backcountry skiing. When he isn’t working, Adam is most likely playing in the hills with Christina, their son Damien and their three big huskies.
Mike Cyr Timber Framer, Father
Mike moved to Teton Valley in 1990 to pursue a life of skiing, biking, fishing, hunting and travel. In Mike’s early days here work was hard to come by, but powder days were a dime a dozen. To survive financially, he tended bar in the winter at the ski resort and in the summer felt lucky if he had 3 or 4 months of work as a carpenter’s helper. By his second summer he had been introduced to timber framing through a Tedd Benson book he was given as a gift, and he has been passionate about it ever since. With no timber frame job opportunities in the area at the time, Mike taught himself some basics by building a sauna and small cabin. Eventually Teton Timberframe emerged and now Mike gets to do the work he loves in the place he loves.
Jake Amadon Shop Foreman, Timber Framer
Born and raised in Vermont, Jake originally settled in the Wood River Valley when he came west. He worked for a heli-ski operation and spent time as an avalanche forecaster, so it’s no surprise that the allure of skiing in the Tetons eventually got the best of him. When Jake landed in Teton Valley he brought with him some carpentry experience, but was intrigued by timber framing and connected with TTF. jake Studied architecture at the Unversity of Idaho, graduated from the Timber Framer's Guild apprenticeship program and is now our shop foreman. When he’s not working, he’s likely skiing, biking, hunting, or occasionally spending time on a warm, sandy beach somewhere.
Walter Neuhaus Timber Framer
Having been raised in a military family that moved frequently, Walter got bitten by the travel bug early on, and the urge to explore new places has only grown stronger. When Walter isn’t cutting timbers, he’s likely traveling with his wife, Anne, and kids. San Francisco, Italy, and Spain are some of his favorite destinations. With 25 year of construction experience, he particularly enjoys the sense of accomplishment at the end of every day as the results are so tangible. Working with a crew that takes pride in their craft is important to him, too. When he’s not on a plane or on the job site, Walter likes to fish and ski.
Steve Temple Journeyman, Timber Framer
For Steve, timber framing isn’t just work, but a love for a craft that is founded on tradition, precision, and functionality. Steve has been with TTF since 2006 where he enjoys working on the unique projects that TTF takes on, and appreciates the company philosophy that allows him to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. As a passionate skier, Steve raised his kids on the ski hill, and now cheers for them as they’ve entered the competitive freeride scene. Before moving to Teton Valley, Steve spent time as a river guide in Colorado, a ski patroller, and served as a Marine. In his downtime, he’s also exploring the Teton backcountry with his kids.
Al Klagge Designer, Fisherman, Winemaker
After 30 years in the rafting trade in Jackson Hole, Al and his wife, Linda, moved to Felt, ID to build a home. This was not just any home but a fine timber frame from reclaimed fir timbers. Al cut his timber framing teeth on his own house… and it was featured in Teton Home Magazine. Ten years later, there is still some trim to finish in theirs. Meeting Adam at Teton Timberframe and taking too many “over-50 vitamins” led to a career transition from framing and cabinet work into fine home design. It was a great move. When he’s not drafting, Al is playing jazz gigs on Friday nights, fishing and making bread. Saturdays and Sundays are for wine, wife and song.
Lars Chickering Ayers Timber Framer, Site Supervisor
Lars grew up in Vermont and to say that skiing is a major part of his life is an understatement. Having spent years traveling to compete on the Freeride World Tour, Lars now spends a good chunk of his spare time working on his ski binding company, Cast, which provides skiers with a better touring binding. Though it’s challenging to run another business while building full-time, he’s driven to create a product that he thinks is necessary and loves the design process. Lars grew up doing carpentry work and is now a talented, young builder. He loves the trade-off of working hard all summer on construction projects and spending much of his winter seeking out powder stashes. We are all eager to see who Lars wants to be when he grows up!
Emily Mangelsdorf Timber Framer
Emily majored in ecological design and frame building at the University of Vermont, so when she discovered timber framing on a soul-searching road trip, she knew it was a perfect fit. After discovering TTF online, she made it her mission to move to Teton Valley to land her dream job. Timber framing satisfies Emily’s perfectionist tendencies because of the level of detail required, but also makes her feel connected to her work in ways production building doesn’t offer. She loves that everyone pours a lot of heart and energy into their work--it’s not just for a paycheck. Rumor has is that Emily is the TTF leg-wrestling champion, which means when she’s not working, she’s cross-training to keep her title by rock climbing, backpacking, and hiking.
Cam Mitchell Timber Framer, Hunter
Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Cam moved to west for school, but the abundance of fishing, hunting, and skiing opportunities have kept him here. He worked on firefighting and trail crews for years in Wyoming and Idaho before joining the TTF team. Cam loves woodworking and the old-world nature of putting together the pieces and erecting a complete frame. He appreciates the balance in the TTF team, as well as the functionality of the timber framing craft. When he’s not cutting joints or building on site, Cam can be found chasing elk or trout or exploring the outdoors with his dog, Cowboy.
Davin Stitgen Structural Engineer, Project Manager
Originally from Wisconsin, Davin fell in love with the mountains on a trip out west and knew that he wanted to call Teton Valley home. So when Teton Timberframe needed a structural engineer, Davin and his wife, Erica, were eager to make the move. Davin went to school at the University of Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis. While Davin initially worked on commercial building projects, he always preferred residential engineering. Because of his interest in craftsmanship, environmental design, and the desire to be a part of a great team, working for Teton Timberframe was an excellent fit. When Davin’s not working, he can be found playing outside--hiking, biking, skiing, and soccer are his favorites--or brewing beer and cheering for his alma mater.
Ralph Williams Journeyman, Carpenter
When Ralph and his wife, Mary, first came through Driggs on a road trip, they were instantly drawn to it. A few months later they moved from Virginia and settled down to make Idaho home. Ralph loves everything about this valley from Music on Main to the small town networking that landed him the job at TTF. With years of carpentry experience, Ralph loves the satisfaction seeing the progress of a job at the end of every day, but more importantly he loves the fact that he’s literally building someone’s dream. Nothing fits him quite the same way that the craft of carpentry and timberframing does. If he’s not working, Ralph enjoys being outdoors or exploring the new cultures and countries on his bucket list, though he has a special affinity for Costa Rica.