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Hewing Timbers

By Sandy Connolly on November 10, 2013

Where’s the adze and get the slick! We are going to hew some timbers.  Kellin?  There you are, let’s get to work.

Hand Hewing

Hand Hewing

We hew different types of timber depending on the project. We prefer to hew white pine, but have hewn hemlock, douglas fir and even white oak. The harder the wood, the harder is it to hew.

Hand Hewing / Slick

Hand Hewing / Slick

Hand Hewing / Adze

Hand Hewing / Adze

Hand Hewn White Pine Timbers

Hand Hewn White Pine Timbers

The beams above were hand hewn and received an application of driftwood stain by minwax. They were used as decorative trusses in the home shown below.  Pretty cool project!

Beautiful Photo by Tobias Gabranski

Beautiful Photo by Tobias Gabranski

Below is a frame with hand hewn hemlock timbers that were finished with a natural / clear stain.  What do you think? Do you like the character the hewing adds to beams?

Hand Hewn Hemlock Timber Frame

Hand Hewn Hemlock Timber Frame

Thanks for stopping by our Timber Framers’ blog!

If you like the timber work in this post, 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. Emery says:

    Great job Kellin, the beams look really rustic!

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