Pro of the Week – Andy Allenspach

April 16, 2015


Whether it’s a show stopping outdoor kitchen made for year-round grilling or a stunning timber frame home on a remote island, Allenspach gets the job done with bang-on precision. That’s because this modern-day woodworker is a true craftsman. He’s also the shop foreman and partner of Island Timber Frame, a boutique timber frame shop.

Located on Vancouver Island, Allenspach’s 14, 000-sq./ft. facility is the perfect workspace for customizing a wide range of quality projects in all kinds of weather. He and his crew design, engineer, precut and test-fit every structure to ensure each connection fits perfectly before carefully shipping them out to job sites all over North America. At which point, customers have the choice to install their clearly labeled packages themselves or get the ITF team to do it for them. Either way, Allenspach guarantees the finished product is going to look amazing.


“We take pride in all aspects of our work,” says Allenspach. “We are known for exacting detail, precision joinery, clean fiber, and hassle free installation of our projects.”

So what’s this pro’s number one tip for DIYers and other contractors?


“Don’t cut corners on material quality!”

Allenspach practices what he preaches too by only using the very best on his projects.


“We use Western Red Cedar on all of our outdoor structures and furniture and siding because it is naturally resilient to decay and insects and is beautiful,” he says, adding, “I know that when we build a structure in Western Red Cedar, it will be there for generations to enjoy.”