Rough Hemlock Beams

Billings Farm & Museum

The Billings Farm & Museum is a working dairy farm and early American museum in Woodstock, Vermont. Vermont Timber Works constructed a timber frame theater and a timber frame entry for the museum.

The entry, pictured to the right, features rough sawn hemlock beams that are traditionally joined.

We worked with Smith-Alvarez-Sienkiewycz, Architects and construction manager H.P. Cummings on this project.

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.

If you like this timber frame, or have timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact or ask an expert!

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When you enter The Billings Farm and Museum, you’ll notice all the traditional posts and beams as well as a variety of educational exhibits that showcase the rich farming and agricultural history of Vermont.


The heavy timber trusses are a standard queen post design with hidden steel connector knife plates. The timber is a western douglas fir.

Queen Post Truss using Concealed Steel Knife Plates and Naturally Stained Douglas Fir Timbers in Woodstock, VT.

Classic King Post Trusses

Douglas Fir Queen Post Truss for Theater Interior

Douglas Fir King Post Trusses

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The timber frame design process involves a series of sketches and review with the client and their architect — including a 3D model of the frame — until there is an approved final design. With the final design, detailed 2D shop drawings are created and used to fabricate the frame.

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