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Timbers being delivered

Raising A Timber Frame

By Sandy Connolly on November 29, 2013

Once timbers have been cut, applied with finish, organized, and packaged up, it’s time to ship them! Where’s the truck? Has anyone heard from Gordon?  I’ll call him, let’s get these hemlock timbers loaded and get this show on the road. Now the real fun begins!  If you haven’t witnessed […]

Timber Post and Beam Porte Cochere

Girder Truss Applications

By Sandy Connolly on November 27, 2013

In this post we wanted to talk a little bit more about the Girder Truss, when it’s typically used and what it can be designed for. Girder Trusses have a long, straight design. Primarily, the role of a girder truss is to support other structural elements in the Timber frame, […]

Post and trusses with steel joinery in the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Timber Frame for the Teddy Bear Factory

By Sandy Connolly on November 23, 2013

Although Thanksgiving is just around the corner, many of us are already planning for the Christmas Holiday.  Have you started your shopping yet?  If you are in the Shelburne, VT area, we recommend a visit to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. You can check out our timber framing and do […]

The VTel porch with post, beams, and king post trusses, has been fabricated with planed Douglas fir and painted white.

Timber Framing Terms

By Margaux Friant on November 19, 2013

After you admired your first Timber Frame Home or Barn, and became more interested in the craft of Timber Framing and considered possibly constructing one of these beautiful structures for yourself, you probably encountered a lot of terms that you may not have heard before. In this post, we’ve compiled […]

Hammer Beam Trusses in the Breed Estate

Hammer Beam Truss Designs

By Sandy Connolly on November 18, 2013

The traditional hammer beam truss design is open and fabulous.  However, structurally, it can be an engineering challenge, which is fine, because Jessie is always up for a challenge! We get a lot of questions about the home pictured above.  Who wouldn’t want this hammer beam timber style in their […]

Timber Frame Fabrication Mortiser in work shop

Shout-Out To The VTW Crew!

By Sue Baldwin on November 14, 2013

One thing I admire about the crew I work with at Vermont Timber Works is the way they pay attention to the smallest details. Everyone here does their job with exceptional pride and care.  In this field, there is no room for error, and we are dedicated to making sure we […]

Blogging Team

Blogging Team

By Sandy Connolly on November 14, 2013

As a proud member of the Vermont Timber Works blogging team, I thought I would take a moment to introduce the contributing members. Meet Margaux! She not only adds to the blog, she has been instrumental on our website design overall. Depending on how busy she is with the behind […]

Hand Hewn Pine Beams in the Southern Vermont Welcome Center

Hewing Timbers

By Sandy Connolly on November 10, 2013

At Vermont Timber Works we hand hew timbers for antique, rustic looking beams. We use hand-held tools such as the adze and slick. The process is labor-intensive and time-consuming but creates a unique and beautiful effect on the timber that our clients love in their homes and other buildings. We […]

Steel Gusset Plate Detail and Glulam Beams in the 57 State Street Restaurant

What Light Through Yonder Timber Frame Breaks?

By Sue Baldwin on November 08, 2013

It is the east, and Vermont Timber Works is the sun! Ok, so not really, but you have to admit, sun shining through beams is pretty poetic. There is nothing more beautiful than entering a room with custom crafted timber beams adorning the walls and ceiling, and standing in the […]

Timber Frame Pergola at High Winds

White Oak Pergola

By Sandy Connolly on November 06, 2013

This is a pergola with hand hewn, white oak timbers. Thank you to Jimmy Dillion from Interstate Workshop who sent us all the pictures. Enjoy! Originally, this pergola was intended to be larger. It was scaled down in size due to the availability of the long white oak timbers. However, it’s […]

Fabricated Scissor Trusses with steel plates in the Workshop for Grace Episcopal Church

Scissor Truss Designs

By Sandy Connolly on November 03, 2013

Beautiful, interesting and often requested by our clients, the scissor truss is a complex and dynamic truss design. While definitely evoking a specific look and style, from an engineering standpoint, the Scissor Truss is not the most efficient truss style, unlike the most efficient King Post truss. So the Scissor […]

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