Rick Collins, founder and CEO of Trillium Dell, is a timber frame expert. He is experienced in authentic restoration & preservation, and in visionary buildings that inspire as sculpture.
Rick is a master carpenter, with a background in metalwork and mechanics. He is a historian, educator, writer, and a small farmer. A Union Journeyworker Carpenter, and one of only 20 registered Journeyworker Timber Framers in North America, Rick has a BS in Forest Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and served in the USMCR as a combat engineer- studying engineering and building science for six years. He is a self-taught scholar in the methods and tooling that were used by the Europeans who settled the Midwest from the 1600s-1800s to build barns, churches and public buildings that still stand today.
His interest in history, mastery of traditional tooling & techniques, and decades of experience as a student & builder on multiple continents provides him a unique perspective that bridges many disciplines. He writes, teaches and presents his insight and passion at workshops, museums, and conferences around the world.