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Timber Work In Belize

By Sandy Connolly on March 24, 2014

We were intrigued when the Hamanasi Resort in Belize contacted us about their timber frame project. How fun would it be to create a timber frame and travel down for the raising!  Can everyone say vacation?

Swimming pool on the ocean in Belize

Pool Side Ocean Side

Not so fast.

The local craftsman wanted to provide the timbers, cut the joinery, and raise the frame. So we began with a contract on the design, engineering, and joinery details.

Arched Timber Truss for Hamanasi

Arched Timber Truss for Hamanasi

Once the drawings were ready, Launce Roberts, the manager at the resort, decided a site supervisor from Vermont Timber Works would needed…  I have a feeling Doug was on the flight down before there was even a discussion about who would go.

Arriving in Belize via Maya Air

Doug arriving in Belize

Cutting a Curved Arch for Hamanasi

Cutting a Curved Arch for Hamanasi

The talented crew did beautiful work.

The first bent for Hamanasi is installed

The first bent for Hamanasi is installed

Timber Arch with Steel Tie Rod

Widow's Walk Truss

Widow’s Walk Truss

Santa Maria wood species, which is native to Belize, was chosen for the timbers.

The last timber part to be installed

The last timber part to be installed

Hamanasi Frame Compete with Palm Tree

Hamanasi Frame Complete with Palm Tree

Done!  Wonderful experience and wonderful project!

The rest of the construction at Hamanasi Resort is still underway. They recently sent some progress shots, and everything looks amazing!

Timber Roof System

Beautiful Arches

Beautiful Arches

Cool Shot!

Cool Shot!

Steel Tie Rods Holding Strong

Steel Tie Rods Holding Strong

Thanks for stopping by our timber framer’s blog! If you like this project, or have any questions, we encourage you to get in contact, ask an expert, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.

2 comments
  1. Doug Friant says:

    Timber framing in warm locations. We are headed to Atlanta, GA to raise a 48×120 barn next – stay tuned!

    • Sandy Connolly says:

      Very cool! Remind Tom to tweet pictures, it’s so much fun to see the progress as it’s happening!

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