Autumn Jaimez “Mez” Welch is a lifelong learner stumbling upon his passion of timber framing in 2005 when filling in for his mom… the rest is history. Mez quickly jumped on the opportunity of a 4 year apprenticeship with Timberworks of Interest owner, Al Anderson, of Pilot Virginia, rapidly becoming quite proficient in all aspects of timberwork. Starting his own business in 2009 Wolf Holler Timber Frames and eventually becoming Rockbridge Timber Frames in Lexington, Virginia. Mez’s love is sourcing local species by walking the woods and forests then working the organic live edge into prominent sections in a frame or crafting a piece of furniture.
An instructor for over ten years of community timber frame projects with Virginia Military Institute’s Corp of Cadets, nationwide Timber Framers Guild projects, a primary on the Gwozdziec Wooden Synagogue Project in Sanok Poland and lead Timber Framer on the Notre-Dame de Paris Truss Project with HandsHouse Studio, Mez is passionate about learning through teaching in community based projects.
Mez lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Lexington, with his son Riven.
Ross is a 2nd generation Rockbridge native who grew up picking vegetables on his dad’s organic farm. He was introduced to the art of carpentry by a neighbor who had the patience to teach a 15 year old the first important lessons of the trade. As he worked his way through high school, he later decided to decline his full ride to VCU to pursue his education in construction and carpentry.
Following high school, Ross worked construction gigs all over Virginia but in 2006 he moved back to Rockbridge to start his own business and help his dad on their family farm. He eventually bought a sawmill and started the process of logging to build a much needed timber frame house for the farm interns; it was the life changing direction that he needed and solidified his interest in the art timber framing.
Around 2010 he started working on fine tuning his timber framing and rigging skills with AL Anderson, owner of TimberWorks of Interest. As time passed, he eventually made his way back to the county and reconnected with Mez to start what is now Rockbridge Timber Frames; the rest is still writing itself.
Ross lives just a few miles up the road from where he grew up in northern Rockbridge County with his wife, Meg, and their two spoiled dogs.