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What’s happening at Sauter Timber

Conversation Plinth Won Architizer A+ Architectural Award For Temporary Structure

We had the opportunity to work on a project that focused on a new type of CLT that incorporates hardwood instead of softwood, this project was the first to use HCLT in the United States. This project brought together all the different architectural pieces in such a perfect way that it won not only the Jury Prize but also the Popular choice award for Best Architectural Temporary Structure in the world for the Architizer A+ awards 2018.

Click here for the full article on Architizer website.

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Our Feature In Trusses & Frames Magazine

Trusses & Frames featured us in an article about a visit to our plant. 

Sauter Timber CLT Hundegger
Hundegger machine at Sauter Timber (image:

On 23 August we visited a local timber company, Sauter Timber in Rockwood, TN. Although Sauter specializes in cuts and joinery for heavy timber construction, similar machinery can be used to cut light wood members ready for installation. We spoke with Reinhard Sauter and inquired specifically about the possibilities for and limits to light wood precut packages.

While Sauter has at times experimented with the production of light wood framing components at his facility and occasionally produces some light wood components as infill for the heavy timber packages he provides, the expense and complexity of his robotic saw and lack of significant demand make this market segment unattractive for him. He did note, however, that the same company that manufactures his robotic saw, Hundegger, also makes a simpler version, known as a Speed Cut, that is well suited to the production of light wood members. Using HSBCad software (other options include SEMA and Cadwork) allows manufacturers to translate designer’s 3D files directly into manufacturing data ready for production. The software recognizes the need for additional framing members at wall openings, adjusts its output to the requested member spacing, and includes parameters for building codes. It currently cannot rationalize organic forms, but Sauter believes that the technology is coming soon. Sauter is confident that this technology could (and should) alter light wood construction standards, but he has seen little willingness from contractors and framers to make the change.

Crane Tec Case Study

Crane-tec, the company that installed our over head cranes in our production facility, did a case study on us. Take a look below and read what they had to say.

The Challenge

To provide our customer, a custom wooden structure and joinery fabricator, with a system that would improve production times and allow them to move large pieces of material safety and more efficiently.


Special Consideration

The company’s production is located in a very unique and
stunning facility made completely out of wood. They needed the ability to load large pieces into milling machines and move finished products
throughout the building.  Crane-Tec was challenged with designing a structural system that worked within their wooden building framework.


Our Team Approach

Crane-Tec worked closely with the customer to learn
their specific needs and expectations of the new system.
With our combined efforts, and after reviewing several options,
solutions included: 

1.   Two 2.5 Ton top running single girder cranes. 

2.   Radio control operation for each crane, with the option to operate each crane individually, or in tandem. This feature allows the operator to link both cranes together and operate them simultaneously with one single button push, ideal for handling of long pieces of materials.

3.   Special anchors to attach the crane’s steel runway beam to the wooden building haunches.



Crane-Tec delivered a system that exceeds the customer’s expectation and allows them to easily and safely move products throughout their amazing facility.

CLT Boathouse in Gastonia

Last year we had the oppertunity to work on a number of interesting projects. A Boathouse and Chapel at the YMCA in Gastonia, NC was just one of those. Be sure to check our website next week for another great project we completed in 2017.

Lifting, Rigging or just something new …

We got them ..

The Pitzl Power Clamp an amazing lifting device. What in the world is that… ?

On girders, rafters, posts or anything else, lifted by a crane, we set on a non visible location a drilling.On site you stick the Pitzl Power Clamp in, release it an that’s it. Load capacity up to 2200 lbs per clamp !


Now available for use on timber frame, the Pitzl Power Clamp II offers the latest innovation in timber construction. Easy and effective.

* Major time savings  * No other lifting gear needed  * No damage of wood surface  * No soiling  * Drilling are calculated for the right balance  * no spreader bar needed

Ask us for this option at your next project .

We now support cadwork

We are happy to announce that Sauter Timber can now accept all your cadwork files. Of course, we also have the machine interface for our Hundegger Robot. Feel free to send us your next project as a cadwork file.

We will see you on May 3rd in Charlotte North Carolina at the cadwork user meeting!

New Year, new forklift

We are all happy to get our 5000 kg Baumann Sideloader. Ready to load as many trucks as the new year brings.

New Intern

DSC_7208-001We are happy to host our new Intern Gerog.

He is a Master Timber Framer and is currently working on his civil engineering degree at the University of Regensburg, Germany. He will be focusing on CLT and classic Timber Frame projects during his time with us.