Timberworks Team




At the age of 16, John Walker, president and founder of Mill Iron Timberworks began his construction career building custom made furniture for a company in Springfield, MO.  His passion for wood, applying superior craftsmanship, attention to detail began here.  It continued with hands-on trades experience while in college.

John moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in 1987, working in high-end construction at Beauchemin Construction as a project superintendent.  Because of this John learned to see all the options, to anticipate and execute in the field.  This vision helped to eliminate the short-term thinking that often results in giving volume precedence over quality or cutting corners on materials at the expense of the final product.

John soon realized client/owners want high-quality solutions to meet their individual needs, to work from the client’s point of view, to develop a shopping list early with the architect and client, to be a team member.  His job was to present options and help flesh out the details.  To do low, medium and high range cost projections.  To help everyone set priorities and enable the submittal of accurate budgets when selections were made.  Because the builders’ prices should reflect the clients/owners decisions, they are in control of the costs.

In 1997, John started Mill Iron Timberworks, Inc., enabling him to expand his passion for building custom made furniture into building custom homes. Providing solutions that offer unique lifestyle environments and making the process enjoyable.  Reducing costs and defects and focusing on the basics.  Getting the job done, on time, on budget.  Listening well, communicating often, and being open to the influence of others, as well as being a team player.

John says, “At Mill Iron Timberworks, we don’t lowball the price to get the job.  Our pricing is thorough and accurate.  It all comes down to making choices and having the appropriate expectations for your budget.”

“Our “Partnership Philosophy” improves satisfaction and leads to effective value-added building solutions.  Just as the joy for a client is seeing his or her dream become a reality, the joy for us is in being part of making something of lasting beauty.  We take pride in what we do and it shows in all our work,” John adds.

John remains directly involved every step of the way.


Rick L Friesen

Project Manager/Superintendent

Rick has worked in the construction industry for 23 years.  He worked for his father in his custom cabinet shop and custom home construction business in Washington and British Columbia.  Prior to joining Mill Iron Timberworks, Rick worked for Beauchemin Construction for 9 years.  He was the jobsite superintendent on several projects, including the last two Cook and Fife Residences, which are two of the premier custom homes in Jackson Hole.  Since Rick joined Mill Iron Timberworks in 1999, he has managed several projects including a 15,000 square foot log home in Big Timber, MT.  Rick brings to any project an extensive high-end residential construction experience and problem solving capabilities.


Jerad R. Gubbels

Project Manager

Jerad is a LEED Accredited Professional with the proven ability to provide the best customer service while managing project costs, site safety, and project schedule.  He is knowledgeable in all phases of a project cycle and is skilled in leading teams to reach their goal. Jerad has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management from Kansas State University.  He also holds a certificate in Quality Control Management.  Jerad has worked as a Field Superintendent, Project Superintendent, Project Manager, Project Manager and Quality Control Manager.  Jerad has worked on projects ranging from $2 million to $300 million dollar projects.  Jerad brings extensive knowledge to our team.


Richard Evans

Job Site Superintendent

Richard Evans has been building in Wyoming for over fifteen years, before that he worked in construction for seventeen years in Chicago.  His building experience includes many different architectural styles from high-end custom log homes to modern dwellings, complete with yoga pavilions.  Locally he has been involved with numerous projects designed by Ellis Nunn architects, Larry Berlin architects, Dubbe-Moulder architects, Carney architects, Jonathon L Foote Architects, and Stephen Tobler.  Richard’s integrity and work ethic allows him the ability to maintain the delicate balance between cost and expert performance, delivering a quality product that he is proud of and the homeowner will enjoy and appreciate for years to come.