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Post and Beam Timber Barn

Historic and Traditional Barn Frame

By Sandy Connolly on January 26, 2014

We love working on historic projects! They are great fun and can be wonderful learning experiences.  Let’s take a look at a timber frame barn we constructed for the Olana Wagon House. But first, it’s worth checking out their website for upcoming events. There are typically activities scheduled for the whole […]

MacPherson Boat House Quebec, Canada

Custom Timber Frame Boathouse

By Sandy Connolly on January 13, 2014

The timber frame boathouse featured in this post is completely custom, and has some really cool details. Do you see those scrolled rafter tails? I bet Kellin was involved. They give the frame a touch of elegance. Here’s another shot, stepping back, so you can appreciate the overall design.The roof […]

Neely Residence

Principal Purlins

By Sandy Connolly on December 27, 2013

Timber frames aren’t always designed to have a structural ridge carrying the load of roof rafters. In these cases, the design needs principal purlins to support the rafters.  A principal purlin is a beam that runs horizontally from gable to gable and supports roof rafters. In the picture above, and below, the […]

Heavy Timber Porte Cochere Entry Way at the Oxford Casino in Maine with King post trusses in White Pine with steel plates.

Connecting Timbers With Steel

By Sandy Connolly on December 19, 2013

Today’s post is going to be all about steel connections. Sometimes steel connections are used in timber framing to provide additional structural support, and other times steel is used just because it looks good. It’s all about personal preference. The picture above is of typical steel plates primed with black paint. […]

Octagon completion

Octagon Timber Frame Chapel

By Sandy Connolly on December 16, 2013

The Chapel for the Holy Apostles is located in Cromwell, CT. The frame spans 60FT!  We are proud to have been chosen to design, engineer, hand cut and also raise this timber frame. We used douglas fir timbers free of heart center to build this frame. There are also douglas […]

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Fun Winter Destinations in VT with Timber Frames

By Sandy Connolly on December 12, 2013

In Vermont, we are blessed with some of the best skiing and boarding, so this time of year means it’s time to celebrate the snow! Let’s take a look at a few of the coolest places to visit that also happen to feature timber framing by Vermont Timber Works. Let’s […]

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

King & Queen Post Trusses

By Sandy Connolly on December 05, 2013

Hail to the King and Queen! 😉 The King Post Truss is straight forward and strong. A king post truss can usually be joined traditionally depending on the span and engineering. In some cases, a king post truss does need to be reinforced with steel plates. The Vermont Teddy Bear […]

Rafters on

Jack, Common, & Hip Rafters

By Sandy Connolly on December 02, 2013

Why are some rafters called Jack and others just called Rafter?  Do you know?  I do 🙂 At least I think I do, because I asked Rick, but that was a while ago. The jack rafter is shorter than the “common” rafter.  Typically, a jack rafter is used because something […]

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, […]

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