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 achieve this effect the old fashioned way using the traditional tools that have been used for a hundred years.
We hew different types of timber depending on the project. We prefer to hew white pine, but can also hew hemlock, douglas fir, and even white oak. The harder the wood, the harder is it to hew.
Below is a frame with hand hewn hemlock timbers that were finished with a natural / clear stain. What do you think? Do you like the character the hewing adds to beams?