Posts Tagged ‘hand hewn’


May 17, 2012 4 comments

me: Vermont Timber Works, this is Sandy.

caller: Hi, this is Jim.  Working on a project and my client would like a pergola for their property, post and beam style.  Can you help?

me: I’m sure we can and thank you for calling us.  Tell us about your pergola project.

caller:  Drawings are asking for long timbers.  Can I get timbers as long as 40ft?

me:  Sometimes, let us take a look and we’ll see what we can offer.

caller:  and it needs to be white oak, no exceptions, and hand hewn…

me:  Wow, hand hewing white oak is a challenge, we can do it.  A 40ft white oak beam is going to be a challenge.

caller:  I’ll send you the drawings, the rafter plates and lattice have a specific detail required.

me:  Detail?

caller: Yes, curved ends, fancy.

me: Bring it on.

Luckily the overall size of the pergola was scaled down a bit, 30′ x 32′ and away we go!

Okay, long story short, the original detail requested didn’t lend itself to heavy timber…this is the compromise.  Tapered from the center down to each end with this detail.  Very cool.  Needless to say, we did a few practice cuts before cutting into a 32ft long timber.

Nice, great job Kellin and Bradford.  See the taper shown on the shop drawing below?

And Voila!

Great team on this one.

James Dillon, Interstate Workshops, Inc.

Steve Mason, Mason & Krabbe General Contraction, Inc.

Nasser Nakib, Nasser Nakib Architect

Michael A. Macri, Grossfield Macri, PC Consulting Engineers

#1 White Oak Timbers, thank you Pioneer Lumber Co. and Great Brook Forest Products.

Beautiful view!

Custom mix finish will be applied to the timbers as well as the columns.  Can’t wait to see the finished pergola.


Custom Designs

When you think about a timber frame home, do you think custom design?  If so, Vermont Timber Works is the timber frame company for you, because…so do we! 

Hand hewn hemlock beams and timber arches shown above are handcrafted. Can’t get this from a cnc machine!

Timber frame home design with douglas fir timbers and more arches, beautiful.  Does a custom designed timber frame home need to have arches?  Of course not 🙂  but it is an option!