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How To Incorporate Steel In A Timber Frame

By Margaux Friant on September 05, 2016

How To Incorporate Steel In A Timber Frame This post is for people interested in timber frames that incorporate steel. The decision of whether or not to use steel in a frame is made during the conceptualization & design process. Timber frames with wide-spanning trusses, hammer beam trusses, or softer woods […]

Post and Beam Joinery on a Timber Storage Shed

Timber Framing vs. Post and Beam Construction

By Derek Folsom on July 23, 2015

Timber Framing vs Post and Beam Construction Something that is commonly confused is the difference between timber framing and post and beam construction.   The major difference, really the only difference, is the type of joinery that is used.  A timber framed building uses traditional joinery, like mortise and tenon, […]

Camp Hayden Dining Hall

Steel Joinery For The Fresh Air Fund Timber Frame

By Sandy Connolly on January 20, 2015

What do you imagine when a timber frame with steel joinery is proposed? Sometimes we use steel joinery because the engineering requires it. Sometimes we use steel joinery for the look. Other times, we use steel joinery for both the engineering and the look. If you know that exposed steel […]

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 […]

The Great Room

Timber Frame Base Lodge

By Sandy Connolly on March 04, 2014

There have been so many wonderful VTW projects, and so many “great” great rooms over the years.  I’ve been looking through photos and remembering some of the finest, which brought me back to Stowe, Vermont and  the Spruce Camp Base Lodge. This building is impressive from the moment you drive […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Post and trusses with steel joinery in the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Timber Frame for the Teddy Bear Factory

By Sandy Connolly on November 23, 2013

Although Thanksgiving is just around the corner, many of us are already planning for the Christmas Holiday.  Have you started your shopping yet?  If you are in the Shelburne, VT area, we recommend a visit to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. You can check out our timber framing and do […]

Fabricated Scissor Trusses with steel plates in the Workshop for Grace Episcopal Church

Scissor Truss Designs

By Sandy Connolly on November 03, 2013

Beautiful, interesting and often requested by our clients, the scissor truss is a complex and dynamic truss design. While definitely evoking a specific look and style, from an engineering standpoint, the Scissor Truss is not the most efficient truss style, unlike the most efficient King Post truss. So the Scissor […]

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Hybrid Timber Framing

By Sandy Connolly on October 14, 2013

Sometimes a hybrid timber frame is exactly what a client needs to keep a project in budget. The new Badger factory is a wonderful example of this very situation. Vermont Timber Works provided a douglas fir timber frame that is an addition to the builders conventional framing. The frame creates the […]

Timber Framing with Steel Joinery

Timber Framing with Steel Joinery

By Mike McLaine on October 08, 2013

We love timber framing–that’s why we do what we do.  What really makes a timber frame come together?  It comes down to how the pieces are connected, what we call joinery.  And there are a number of options when it comes to the type of joinery, including steel joinery, traditional […]

View from the back side

Award Winning Post and Beam Home

By Sandy Connolly on September 18, 2013

Let’s take a look at a residential new construction project that is like no other. We worked with Bonin Architects on this timber frame. In 2013 this home won a People’s Choice Award from the New Hampshire AIA for Bonin’s design! The contrast between the douglas fir timber, the stone work […]

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