Arrow-wood Timber Frame Homes was formed to provide home-owners, builders and developers with a one-stop resource for timber homes and other structures. Our goal is to design and produce the finest, most beautiful and comfortable buildings using natural timber construction. Arrow-wood will use energy-efficient, sustainably produced and environmentally sound materials and methods in the design and construction of our homes wherever possible and as our client requests.
Arrow-wood's owners, employees and trade partners combine years of experience in timber framing, wood production and architectural design.
K. Michael Ruehle is the President of Arrow-wood Homes LLC and also serves as VP for Sales and Marketing. He has over eight years experience in the timber frame and building industry, trained in the US and Germany in traditional timber framing, and is a member of the Timber Framers Guild. Michael has also worked in conventional residential construction. He has lived and traveled extensively in Asia and in Europe, and studied anthropology and architectural design at the University of Toronto.
“My family's roots are in a cabinet-making and timber-framing part of Germany. As a teen I spent many summers at my great-uncle's cabinetmaking shop where he used traditional methods, and I am proud to have inherited his tools and shop equipment. After college, I worked as a framing carpenter building conventional houses. I also developed a love for Japanese timber work and joinery during the time I worked there as a software developer. I decided to leave the IT sector to pursue something more tangible and lasting, and joined the Timber Framer's Guild to learn about timber framing as it is practiced in the US. I then returned to Germany to learn about the more modern approaches that have evolved there. After a period of working for others to gain hands-on experience, in 2006 I established Arrow-wood Homes to bring my own thinking and approach to the field. I hope to be able to help you realize your own timber dream home.” -- Michael Ruehle
Martin I. Ellner is the VP for Production & Operations. He has well over 30 years experience in the wood products manufacturing industry, has been a general contractor and owned a high-end custom cabinet business in Florida.
“My family's business of making custom and high-quality production doors took me from Brooklyn to Kansas where I set up and expanded the family's manufacturing facility. The company was acquired, and when the parent company decided it could no longer compete with off-shore manufacturing, I relocated to Florida. Not being the retiring type, I got involved in home construction, and in the manufacture and installation of high-end custom kitchens. After I sold this business, I was contacted by Michael to help him develop a plan to create a new kind of timber frame company. I had never seen this kind of home before, and the quality and comfort blew me away. When Michael decided to start this business, I was glad to be able to join him to contribute my production and installation expertise and ensure that we have the best possible product for our clients. My years of experience are at your service.” -- Marty Ellner
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