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Decorative Timber Frame Trusses in the restaurant in a golf club in south river

The Timber Framing Process

By Mike McLaine on June 18, 2014

The end product of timber framing is what everyone knows and loves:  the warmth of the wood, the details in the joinery, the stain, the massive beams overhead: What happens before the finished product is where we at Vermont Timber Works come in.  The idea for your timber frame may […]

Timber Home Living

Timber Home Living

By Sandy Connolly on June 09, 2014

Vermont Timber Works is proud to be featured in the August Issue of Timber Home Living! An open plan timber frame home we constructed with Bonin Architects and Fire Town Engineering is featured on page 38! Hard copies of the magazine will be available August 5th, and digital downloads are […]

sign outside vermont timber works in north springfield, vermont

Timber Framing for Dummies

By Sue Baldwin on May 15, 2014

Before I started selling timber frames, I wouldn’t have known where, or how to approach the subject of wanting to build this type of structure.  I’d seen all kinds of timber framed buildings, and had always loved the look, but had no idea how the process worked .  I had […]

Exposed Beams in Von Trapp Family Lodge

“Summer Beams”

By Sue Baldwin on May 15, 2014

What is the proper definition of a Summer Beam? a.  A ray of light coming from the sky on a sunny day b.  A timber beam harvested in the summer months c. A large horizontal timber used as a load bearing beam If you guessed “b”, you are absolutely incorrect!  […]

Octagon completion

Hand-Crafting Frames Without A CNC Machine

By Sandy Connolly on May 11, 2014

Some timber framers use a CNC machine to cut their timbers, some do not, and some offer both hand cut timbers and CNC cut timbers. Offering both would seem to give you the most flexibility, but these machines are quite an investment. CNC machines are great for simple timber designs […]

Hammer Beam Trusses in the Breed Estate

Framing Styles

By Sandy Connolly on April 21, 2014

There are a lot of timber frame styles!  If you’re seriously considering purchasing a timber frame, it’s good to keep in mind that the more complicated a frame, the higher the cost tends to be. However, whether you’re looking for a simple or complex frame, we are a custom shop, […]

The Timber Process For Out of State Projects

The Timber Process For Out of State Projects

By Sue Baldwin on April 10, 2014

When you hear the name “Vermont Timber Works”, what comes to mind first? Do you picture a small rural company on a pothole riddled road, nestled in a tight knit community in south central Vermont?  If so, you are not too far off in your thinking. However, this small company […]


Wrought-Iron & Timber Horse Barn

By Sandy Connolly on April 07, 2014

Would you build a timber frame horse barn on your property? What if you  never planned on owning horses? I would! It would be an investment. Honestly, I don’t think that is what this particular client had in mind, but it makes sense to me. This barn is completely fit up […]

Interior of the ceiling of the Hamanasi Resort and Hotel in Belize

Timber Work In Belize

By Sandy Connolly on March 24, 2014

We were intrigued when the Hamanasi Resort in Belize contacted us about their timber frame project. How fun would it be to create a timber frame and travel down for the raising!  Can everyone say vacation? Not so fast. The local craftsman wanted to provide the timbers, cut the joinery, and […]

Curved Timber Frame Pergola

Timber Posts

By Mike McLaine on March 06, 2014

The thing I love about timber framing is that there are so many choices when it comes to the look:  do you want your timbers big or small, rough or smooth, chamfered or rounded over on the corners, exposed steel or hidden steel, traditional joinery or steel plates. How do […]

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