My first real experience of timber framing came in October 2008 when Kesurokai organiser Hannes Schnelle came to the UK with Michail Schütte to help Robin build a little barn next to our house for us to use as a log store / bicycle shed.
I had little understanding of what was happening and at first was perplexed. Every day I went into Sheffield to work because Hannes and Michail were living in my home-office. Every day when I returned there was still a large pile of timber in front of the house and no sign of any building! It was a while before I discovered that the frame is not built gradually, but every joint is cut, every part carefully assembled and disassembled, tried and tested, until everything is ready... THEN the whole frame is constructed in one go.
Here's a couple images from the big day and a video I made to record it:
and the finished barn full of logs and bicycles: