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Power tools used for timber framing or post and beam construction

Tools of the Timber Trade: The Wire Wheel

By Derek Folsom on July 08, 2015

To finish the Tools of the Timber Trade series, I would like to visit one of the unsung heroes of timber fabrication, the Wire Wheel and Angled Grinder. Every tool that we have visited in the past couple of weeks is used to make the traditional joints that we cut […]

Beam saw used for timber framing.

Tools of the Timber Trade: 16″ Circular Saw

By Derek Folsom on July 02, 2015

Over the past couple weeks in our Tools of the  Timber Trade blog series, we have traveled to the Chain Mortise world, we walked down the Maebiki Oga saw trail, and we sauntered through chisel land. Today we will navigate one of the big hitters; the 16″ circular saw, which […]

Tools of the Timber Trade:  The Chisel

Tools of the Timber Trade: The Chisel

By Derek Folsom on June 25, 2015

The chisel is one of the earliest created tools. Man (or some form of man) has been using tools for the past 2.6 million years, which, when taken at face value, were stones that were chipped/broken to create sharp edges.  These tools were categorized by Mary Leakey, a British paleoanthropologist.  […]

Hand Tools

Tools of the Timber Trade: Maebiki Oga

By Derek Folsom on June 18, 2015

Today our timber framing tool journey takes us to Japan where we will discuss the Maebiki Oga saw, or as the English call it “The Whale Back Saw”.  Below you will see a photo of Dan Devine, our resident “Tool Guru” using his personal Oga saw. According to Amemiya-Daiku, a […]

Tools of the Timber Trade: Chain Mortiser

Tools of the Timber Trade: Chain Mortiser

By Derek Folsom on June 11, 2015

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be showing you some of the tools that are particular to the timber framing industry.  One of the Vermont Timber Works pillars is that we hand cut all of our timber frames. This certainly isn’t the easiest way to fabricate, but it is […]

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 […]

Power Tools

Power Tools

By Derek Folsom on October 22, 2013

I recently had a gentleman ask me what brand of power tools we use the most. My immediate answer was Makita. Then I thought, well, maybe I should go into the shop and look. Sure enough, as I walk through the shop I see that almost all of our tools […]

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