Arched Beams & Curved Braces

Bethlehem Monastery

Timber Trusses in the Bethlehem Monastery

The Bethlehem Monastery of Poor Clares is in Barhamsville, VA. Vermont Timber Works constructed a douglas fir timber frame for the church.

We worked with IMC Construction CompanyMeyer Consulting Engineers CorporationEngineering VenturesCreate Architecture Planning & Design and The Mills Building Corporation 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!

* Photo Courtesy of Wade Zimmerman.

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This timber frame features traditional wood joinery, a small bit of steel, and over 31,000 board feet of heavy timber. The 2-1/2 story frame reaches just shy of 45 feet at the top of the cupola.

Post & Beam Sanctuary Interior

Interior of Sanctuary

Private Timber Chapel Interior

Private Timber Chapel Interior

Altar with Arched Beams

Altar with Arched Beams Above


Post & Beam Monastery Exterior

Poor Clares Monastery Exterior

Post & Beam Porch and Entry

Exterior Porch and Entry

Timber Frame Raising

Frame after the Raising

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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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