Hybrid Timber Frame

Badger Balm Factory

The Badger Balm factory is in Gilsum, NH. Vermont Timber Works provided columns, girders, and joists (timber framing) for the factory. The ceiling and walls are conventionally framed. It is a hybrid project.

We worked with American Construction, Inc. on the Badger Balm factory.

All of our frames are handcrafted to meet exact project requirements, and we enjoy working with our clients to make sure the details – from design to finish – are just right.

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“Badger was in the midst of trying to find a great timber framing team to put up the core of our 23,000 sq ft. modified stick and timber frame commercial building. As fate would have it, the frame needed to be assembled in December and January as we were on one of those difficult, tight schedules under adverse conditions with limited funds. You folks optimized the frame and engineered an aesthetic metal bracket joining system to help our frame meet the limited budget. You cleared the space and time in your shop and schedule, cut the frame, delivered and assembled it in a timely manner…pretty much through rain, sleet, snow and really cold weather. It’s strange to remember all that now as I’m sitting here in a nice tight, pleasant building admiring the warmth and aesthetics of the frame. It’s been a game changer for our company-having such a comfortable, efficient space to work in. I just want your team, from design on down to assembly crew, to know how much we enjoy our new building and appreciate the great work you did for us.” — Bill Whyte, CEO & Head Badger


The interior of the frame shows off decisions that were made early in the process, like the wood species and the joinery style. This frame has rough sawn douglas fir timbers. The joinery style is simple and industrial. The timbers are traditionally joined with mortise and tenon cuts, and are also reinforced with steel bolts and plates.

Exterior of the Badger Balm Factory in Gilsum, NH


Interior Timber Frame Cafe with Steel Brackets in the Badger Balm Factory in Gilsum, NH


Badger Balm Welcome Sign Hanging from a Douglas Fir Beam

Badger Balm Welcome Sign

Traditional & Steel Joinery

Exterior of the Badger Balm Factory in Gilsum, NH

Timber Framed Porch

Interior Entry Way with Posts and Beams in the Badger Balm Factory in Gilsum, NH

Entry with Wood Beams

A Work Space with Timber Beams in the Badger Balm Factory in Gilsum, NH

Work Space


After the timber for a frame has been fabricated in our Vermont shop, our crew often travels to the job site to assemble and raise the frame. The same people who cut the frame do the assembly.

Post & Beam Construction

The Frame Parts Ready For Assembly

Timber Frame Assembly

Installing A Girder

Joinery Reinforced With Steel Plates

Badger Balm Frame Assembled Posts & Beams

Under Construction

Post & Beam Factory

Construction In The Snow

Raised post and beam

Tool Trailor

The VTW Crew

Posts and Ceiling Beams

Posts and Ceiling Beams

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