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Hand Crafted Timber Frames

By Sandy Connolly on September 01, 2014

Vermont Timber Works began focusing on the timber frame specifically in 2000.  Before that Dan Kelleher and Doug Friant were known as “Friant and Kelleher Builders, Inc.” They designed and constructed houses from start to finish. The business did 2x framing as well as timber framing.

The decision to specialize in timber frames has made Vermont Timber Works what it is today. We provide the engineering, hand cut every piece of timber, and raise our frames. Pretty cool huh? Thank you Dan and Doug for your vision.

There is no CNC machine in our shop —  just craftsman with timbers and tools. We use tools like a pencil and a framing square (yes I said pencil). The layout begins with the timber cuts being drawn onto the timbers based on the detailed shop drawing that are also provided by us.

Timber Frame Layout Process

Once layout is complete, the cut-crew take over with their skill saws, drill presses, band saw, chisels, mallets and sometimes the mighty adze!

Cutting a Dovetail

A residential type post and beam constructed home might come to mind when you think of a timber frame company and what they may offer.  At Vermont Timber Works, however, we offer that and much, much more.

For example, we have worked on commercial projects that include ski lodges, dining halls, hotels, schools, churches, pavilions, cupolas, and museums.

Timber Frame Bridge

We also construct timber frame barns. The prettiest horse barn I’ve (Sandy) seen is the Vermont Timber Works barn shown below.

The Prettiest Timber Frame Horse Barn

Timber Frame Party Barn

If you have an idea for a timber frame project, we’d love to hear from you. We can have a thoughtful and honest discussions about what can work and what may not. You’ll receive the highest quality craftsmanship from the best group of timber framers.  Am I biased?  I sure am 🙂

Thank you for stopping by our timber framer’s blog. If you like this post, or want to have a timber frame conversation, we invite you to get in contact, ask an expert, or share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Sandy Connolly

Wife and Mother (twin girls ROCK), Horses are fun...beautiful kitchens make me smile :-) love timber framing!

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