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Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church

Glu Laminated & Natural Timber Trusses

Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church is in Ridgefield, CT. Vermont Timber Works provided arched timber trusses for the church. The arches are glu-laminated timber while the straight members are free of heart center Douglas Fir. The trusses in this project are actually decorative and hang from a steel super-structure above.

We worked with Roche Incorporated and Doyle Coffin Architecture, LLC on this project.

All of our frames are handcrafted to meet exact project requirements, and we enjoy working with our clients to make sure the details – from design to finish – are just right.

If you like this church frame, or have timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact or ask an expert!

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The Exterior

EXPLORE THE CHURCH's Interior

The church interior shows of decisions that were made early in the timber frame process, like which species of wood to use and how to finish the timber. This frame was constructed using douglas fir timber and 1” birch pegs, and was finished a dark, urethane stain. The arched ceiling trusses were constructed using glu laminated timber.

Heavy Timber Details

Completed Church Interior

Across the Pews

Finished Arch Trusses

MORE TRUSSES

A view from the Alter

Down the Arches

SEE THE ASSEMBLY & RAISING

After a timber frame has been fabricated in our Vermont shop, our crew often travels to the job site to assemble and raise the frame. The same people who cut the frame do the assembly.

Douglass Fir Church Arched Trusses

Douglass Fir Arched Trusses

Douglass Fir Timber Frame Bracket

Douglass Fir Timber Frame Bracket

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SEE THE DRAWINGS & PLANS

The timber frame design process involves a series of sketches and review with the client and their architect — including a 3D model of the frame — until there is an approved final design. With the final design, detailed 2D shop drawings are created and used to fabricate the frame.

Frame Plans

Bent Profiles

Joint Details

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