We designed and fabricated a timber frame for a two-story garage and workshop building in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. The spacious second level – completely open with plenty of headroom – is possible thanks to the four structural scissor trusses that safely mitigate rafter thrust and transfer roof load to the walls.
We’ve created a few timber framed solar-panel stands in collaboration with Smith and McClain, Inc., a solar contractor in Bristol, VT. One of these serves as an electric vehicle charging station in the Marbleworks center in downtown Middlebury, VT. We also made a timber-frame rack for our own solar array which powers our workshop. Pairing small-scale solar power generation with locally-grown and crafted timber frames is a no-brainer!
We built a highly detailed garden fence for clients in Little Compton, RI. The clients designed everything in a ‘gothic adirondack’ style that they invented; we executed the design in red cedar, with custom-forged bronze gate hardware and hidden steel post-foot attachments of our own design. The project also features two sculptural ‘heraldic gate posts’ by a garden path, which were my attempt to interpret Yoruba Nupé house posts in a gothic-adirondack style.
We designed, cut and raised a timber frame home for clients on a gorgeous 300-acre farm in Bethel, VT. All of the timber for the frame was logged from their land with draft horses and sawn on site. The frame is a mix of hemlock, spruce and pine, with naturally-curved braces, struts, and purlins of mixed hardwood species.
In the fall of 2015, we had the honor of cutting and raising a frame for the cabin home of some local friends, on a steep and gorgeous site in Weybridge, VT. All of the timber for the frame came from the site. We were involved in the project from the early stages, consulting on cabin design, subcontractors, and enclosure. The clients are enclosing and finishing the building themselves.
In the summer of 2015 we continued our collaboration with Studio Roji, creating a garden fence and arbor modeled after the fence at the inner Naiku shrine at the historic Ise shrine complex in Japan. The eastern white cedar fence’s simple style belies the complexity of its manufacture; laying out and cutting rectilinear joints in natural peeled logs is a worthy challenge.
– Co-design, landscape and some photography by Studio Roji –
In the spring of 2015, we had the pleasure of working with Studio Roji to design a garden shelter inspired by the Japanese machiai style. The resulting frame, made of local eastern white cedar and black cherry, blends elements of traditional Japanese design with a traditional Vermont timber frame sensibility. Goosewing Timberworks did all of the carpentry, including the local white cedar deck and roof.
– Landscape design and photographs by Studio Roji –
In the spring of 2015, I collaborated with David Brynn of Vermont Family Forests and the Hogback Community College to co-teach a workshop called Forest to Frame. Participants in this workshop, held over the course of three Saturdays, were introduced to the entire process of timber framing: a foundation of sound forestry principles, selecting and felling trees, milling and hand-hewing timbers, lay-out and cutting timber frame joinery, and finally hand-raising the frame! The fruit of our labor is a lovely 10×10 shelter over the Ann Hoover dam on the Waterworks property in New Haven, VT.
I raised my own shop in the fall and winter of 2013, with a little help from my friends! This 26×42 yankee barn is the base of operations for Goosewing Timberworks, LLC. It features a lot of natural-edge framing members of mixed hardwood species, including a kingpost truss with arched upper chords of bookmatched black cherry.