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What Is A Timber Frame?

By Caitlin on March 06, 2020

What is a Timber Frame and Why You Should Consider Building with One?   You’ve probably seen Timber Frames before and didn’t even know it. Often people have an image in their head of what they’re looking for before they have the name to describe it. When I try to […]

Arched Hammer Beams Against A White Plaster Wall

Historic Reconstructions: Continuing the Timber Frame Tradition

By Caitlin on February 28, 2020

Timber Framing is a historical building method that has existed in Europe and Japan for hundreds of years. Because of this, Vermont Timber Works is sometimes called upon to assist in the historical reconstruction or rehabilitation of historical timber frame buildings. We have also built on additions to historical buildings […]

Timber Frame King Post Trusses with black steel plates in a pavilion at the Bechtel Summit home of the National Boy Scout Jamboree

Building With Wood vs Steel

By Caitlin on February 21, 2020

  Most people don’t consider steel when thinking about building a home. But for people building a barn or commercial space, they first have to decide whether they’re going to build with steel or wood. Today we’re going to go over some of the considerations for both building materials.   […]

Timber frame pavilion at the Bechtel Summit in West Virginia home of the National Boy Scout Jamboree, leadership training, and Adventure Camp.

The Importance of the Peg

By Caitlin on February 13, 2020

Today I thought we’d take a closer look at the Pegs that are used to secure the connections of our Timber Frames.     When using traditional joinery to make connections in a Timber Frame, the pegs are there to stabilize the connections and keep them secure.     Unlike […]

Paul Barn Napa California Barn and Recreation Center Construction Progress

Timber Frames in California

By Caitlin on February 13, 2020

  California is a great state for timber frames. There’s beautiful scenery, mountains, the ocean, vineyards, sunsets, and warm weather perfect for enjoying the outdoors. California combines the rustic, warm beauty of the West and the high-end elegance of the rich and famous. It’s a place of duality. Timber frames […]

Solar Powered Factory

Rebuilding Vermont Timber Works

By Caitlin on February 11, 2020

On Saturday evening, September 21st, 2019, Vermont Timber Works suffered a devastating fire. Even though fire crews battled the blaze for hours, the whole building and everything in it ended up being destroyed. It is believed the fire was started when rags soaked in stain and sawdust in a dumpster […]

Interior of the Vermont Veterans Memorial Chapel. This church was made with Hemlock and Pine and features Girder Trusses.

Why We Love Building Timber Frame Churches

By Caitlin on August 21, 2019

Vermont Timber Works has worked on many church and chapel projects since the company was founded in 1987. We’ve been involved in a variety of religious building projects which have included new church construction, church renovation, and historical church reconstruction, as well as expansions and additions. Designing trusses, beams, and […]

The Pole Barn vs The Timber Frame Barn

The Pole Barn vs The Timber Frame Barn

By Caitlin on May 29, 2019

People often call us asking for Post and Beam Barns, Pole Barns, or Timber Frame Barns, oftentimes using the terms interchangeably. While it’s understandable how people could get all the terms mixed up or think they were the same thing, today we’re going to break down the differences between the […]

Applying Timber Finish

Our Favorite Wood Stains at VTW

By Caitlin on August 31, 2018

Applying Finish Here, dark walnut Minwax stain is being applied to the chamfered edge on the timbers using a foam brush. Each beam has stain applied to all four sides and in all the pockets and joints.   There are many important choices to make when considering the details of […]

White Washed Hemlock Beams in the Cornwall Library in CT

Back to School with Vermont Timber Works

By Caitlin on August 24, 2018

Lately, in the morning and evening there’s been a noticable chill in the air, which is an unmistakable mark of the end of summer and the beginning of the Fall. And of course, that means we’ve now entered the back-to-school season as well. So today, I thought we’d take a […]

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