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Gray or Aged Wood Stains at Vermont Timber Works

Gray or Aged Wood Stains at Vermont Timber Works

By Caitlin on October 26, 2022

  The Look of Aged Wood Aged wood is a look that a lot of people enjoy. For years, we’ve offered an aged wood finish at Vermont Timber Works. This would involve lying the timbers out in our field for a few months and letting them age naturally. As with […]

Wood Stains at Vermont Timber Works

Wood Stains at Vermont Timber Works

By Caitlin on October 21, 2022

  How we use Stains at Vermont Timber Works Wood stains are essential to protect and seal the wood, as well as provide a finished look that is aesthetically pleasing.   Water Based vs Oil Based There are pros and cons to both oil-based and water-based stains. At Vermont Timber […]

Timber frame detail view

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 […]

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