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November 3, 2023

The Timeless Artistry of Cut and Pitch

Article By Oliver Courtier

While cut and pitch roofs have not been entirely replaced, the construction industry has had to shift towards more efficient methods. Modern advancements, including pre-fabrication, advanced framing techniques, technology integration, and alternative materials, have influenced how most timber structures are now built.

Despite the introduction of high-tech tools and computer-aided design, at Weald we continue to embrace the practicality of cut and pitch techniques when appropriate, a deliberate choice to favour the unique qualities and benefits that the method offers.

The process involves carefully measuring, cutting, and shaping individual pieces of timber on site to create a roof structure that fits seamlessly together. This hands-on approach not only demands a high level of skill and precision but also an understanding of the characteristics of each piece of timber.

The pace of cut and pitch roof building offers a refreshing alternative for the passionate carpenter. The attention to detail required in cut and pitch work ensures a level of precision and durability that is challenging to achieve through mass-produced, machine processes.

Furthermore, cut and pitch allows for a level of customisation and adaptability that is lost in machine production. The flexibility of building up a roof using rafters, joists, purlins and ridge boards, is mostly necessary in restoration work or when working with irregular spaces, where off-the-shelf trusses fall short.

When using cut and pitch we are not bound by the constraints of pre-fabricated components, allowing us to create truly bespoke roof structures that better integrate with their surroundings.

Clients seeking one-of-a-kind, timeless carpentry work recognise the authenticity and bespoke delivery that cut and pitch brings, and we’re most proud of the work we deliver when using these traditional methods.