Wood Species & Finishes

Types of Wood and Stain Colors

Beautiful Ways to Stain Wood

At Vermont Timber Works, we offer a broad selection of woods, typically ranging from douglas fir, hemlock and oak to pine, cedar and southern yellow pine, though we have also made frames in maple,  cypress and port orford cedar. We are open to using other species too for the frame or accents, for instance, cherry and ash look great for pegs or splines. We will collaborate closely with you, ensuring that the wood we select matches your overall vision for your home, barn, church or business. Then we will discuss whether a smooth, semi sanded, rough sawn, or hand hewn finish will be most aligned with the look you want for your project. It is important to remember that all timber is susceptible to checking – natural cracks that appear as the timber dries out over time.

Reach Vermont Timber Works now by calling (802)886-1917 or contacting us online.

Wood Stain Colors

The options are virtually endless. For instance, white pickled pine looks ideal in a bright and airy country home. Planed douglas fir is wonderful in elegant churches, hotels and restaurants. And hand hewn (or rough hewn) weathered hemlock is perfect in barns, community centers and ski lodges. We also use real antique beams reclaimed from old barns, which can add character to any space.

Distinctive Looks

There are many beautiful ways to stain each species of wood, as well, and beams can be colored with numerous hues that accentuate certain aspects of the building’s style, era, decor or scale. Every stain behaves differently depending on the species of wood and all woods have their own distinct look when freshly cut. Douglas fir and cedar start out a light red hue, hemlock and pine are blond, whereas cypress ranges from very light to pale brown.

Custom Timber Samples

We will send custom samples to you made with the exact species, finish and stain you chose for your project. To find out more about the wood varieties and broad range of finishes available, call us at (802)886-1917 or contact us online today. We promise an outstanding product, competitive bids, great customer service and attention to detail throughout the process.

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