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Oak Timber Frame with Steel Tie Rods in Traditional Rich Barn

Timber Checking

By Caitlin on February 22, 2018

Wood is a natural material prone to change and variation. Like people, no two trees are exactly the same, and no piece of wood from two individual trees will ever look perfectly identical. The nice thing about wood is that pieces of timber will always complement each other even if […]

Solar Power at Vermont Timber Works

Solar Power at Vermont Timber Works

By Caitlin on January 11, 2018

Did you know that since 2015 our shop has been powered completely by solar energy? In October 2014, we began the process of becoming a solar-powered timber frame shop by contacting Tim Biebel at Prudent Living, a Net-Zero Design and Building Company in Windsor Vermont. We wanted to be up […]

The King Post Trusses in the Christina Seix Academy in Trenton, NJ were made with Kiln-dried Douglas fir. The King Post Trusses highlight the cathedral ceiling and tall stone fireplace.

Basic Truss Styles

By Caitlin on January 05, 2018

The Truss is the heart of the timber frame and is functional as well as decorative. Our clients can choose their truss style based on their stylistic vision for their home and the load bearing requirements of their structure. Today we’re going to look at 4 basic styles of Trusses. […]

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

Steel Connections and Timber Frames

By Caitlin on December 22, 2017

Today we’re going to look at how Steel is used in Timber Framing. While the traditional joinery techniques that are used in Timber Framing are strong and secure, sometimes steel connections are used to reinforce connections in particularly large structures or when there’s a heavy wind or snow load. Other […]

Hand Hewn Pine Beams in the Southern Vermont Welcome Center

Traditional Joints Used in Timber Framing

By Caitlin on December 14, 2017

  In this blog post, we’re going to look at some of the Traditional Joinery Methods we use for our Timber Frames. These are traditional joints that have been used in woodworking for centuries and they are strong and durable. While we use Traditional Joinery Methods at Vermont Timber Works, […]

Exterior of Gambrel style Barn Eberhart Barn in Upstate NY

Timber Framing Styles

By Caitlin on December 07, 2017

Today we’re going to look at a few of the most common Timber Framing Styles that we use at Vermont Timber Works. Obviously, this isn’t a complete list of every style of Timber Frame that exists, but a list of the most common styles to inspire and educate.     […]

Pool Table in the Eberhart Gambrel Barn

Honoring The Timber Framing Tradition

By Caitlin on November 28, 2017

Today we’re going to talk about why Vermont Timber Works stays true to the traditional way of creating Timber Frames, and what makes our workshop completely custom.   What Makes Timber Framing So Special? Timber Framing is a building technique that has been around for hundreds of years. There are […]

Barn Door. Rich Barn

Basic Barn Styles

By Caitlin on November 21, 2017

When people come to us looking for a Timber Frame Barn, often times they aren’t fully aware of all the different styles of barns that they can choose from. Today, we’re going to look at 4 basic styles of barns. Obviously, there are many more styles and variations out there, […]

Sundial ski Lodge

Preparing For Winter: Insulating & Weatherizing Your Timber Frame Home

By Caitlin on November 14, 2017

The winters in Vermont can be harsh. So Vermont Timber Works understands how important proper and efficient insulation is. Today we’re going to talk about the insulation that we prefer to use in our Timber frames, as well as other insulation options and weatherization techniques that will keep your home […]

Interior of Mahamudra Buddhist retreat with high ceilings and glulam arches.

Glulam vs. Solid Beams: Which Is Best For Your Project?

By Caitlin on November 07, 2017

Customers often ask us about using Glulam in their building projects and want to know how this material differs from solid WOOD beams. And how do you know when to use Glulam in your project and when to use timber?     Glulam Glued laminated timber, also called Glulam, is a type […]

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