We did a barn frame for great repeat clients in Bethel. The 20×30 barn will be used as an antique shop, and we designed a large front porch on which to display antiques. The barn also has a walk-out basement for storage, and sheds along both eave walls under which… More
Design / Build Portfolio
A selection of projects that we've done over the past few years.
We worked with the client, an architect, to adapt a timber frame to his design for a family lake-house retreat. We raised the main house frame, then went back after the house frame was sheathed to raise the porch frame. The frame is Eastern White Pine, except for the porch… More
We were hired to design and craft a frame for a barn at the same property where we made the hand-hewn ell frame in Sudbury. The 30×42 barn is a combination of a Yankee-style barn (with gable-end center-aisle drive-through) and an English barn (with one eave-side drive-in entrance). In order… More
We were hired to recreate the hand-hewn timber frame from an historic farmhouse in Sudbury, VT that was lost to fire. Working with the client and architect, we designed a frame that very closely mimicked the original, incorporating a few features (like loft floor framing) to make the space fit… More
As part of our timber work for a library addition in Poultney VT, we designed and created an octagonal roof timber frame to cap an octagonal tower. The frame features eight hip rafters and eight curved braces that join into a ‘roof boss’ or ‘kingpin’, a large octagonal timber at… More
We designed and fabricated the timber work for a large addition to a 19th century farmhouse in Poultney, VT. The interior structure of the building is rendered in timber, and the exterior high-performance envelope is built conventionally. The new space houses a large book collection and guest quarters, and also… More
I designed and built a home for my wife and myself near my shop in Lincoln. It’s a hybrid design, featuring a double-stud exterior wall of local, rough-sawn pine with interior structure framed with timber. This hybrid style can make a lot of sense for new house construction, combining the… More
The winter of 2018 found us fabricating and raising a large and complex frame for a house in lovely Little Compton, RI. The frame had over 20,000 board feet of timber (VT white pine, with braces sawn from black oak from the house site in RI), the largest we’ve done…. More
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… More
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… More
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… More
Our clients in Bethel wanted a timber-framed spiral staircase as a centerpiece in their new timber-framed home. We were only too happy to take on the challenge! Many thanks to Josh Jackson of Timberhomes LLC for encouragement and design/concept mentorship.
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… More
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… More
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… More
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… More
In the fall of 2014 we were lucky enough to head for the Maine coast, to raise a frame we had cut in our shop. The very remote location made timber delivery interesting, and precluded the possibility of a crane raising, so we did everything by hand. The stunning site is surrounded… More
In the summer of 2014 we cut and raised the timber frame for a barn for some friends of ours in Lincoln, VT. The clients, inspired by the Goosewing Timberworks shop, chose some similar details including a bank-barn layout, 26×42 footprint, and live-edge cherry accents. We logged and milled the… More
In spring of 20124 we cut and raised the timber frame for an architect-designed porch featuring complex joinery and geometry. The walls weren’t parallel, and as a consequence the ridge was 4 degrees out of level. This one was a lot of fun to do, and gave us a chance… More
In the spring of 2014, we cut and raised a western red cedar timber frame for a swimming cabana, perched on steep cliffs just over the water’s edge on the shore of Lake Champlain. The difficulty of accessing the site presented some fun challenges; the resulting structure rises from the… More
In the summer of 2014 we built a small two-car garage in Bristol VT. This project featured a pine timber frame on an insulated slab, with a custom-built wall system insulated with rock wool. The clients wanted a simple, efficient building with good detailing and nice clean aesthetics.
Summer of 2013, I teamed up with my friend Dave Johnson of Grafted Branch Timber Frames to co-lead the cutting and raising of a very large barn for a new retreat and permaculture education site in Rochester, VT. All the timbers were felled and milled on site, a mix of… More
In the fall of 2013 I worked with a local general contractor to renovate a house in my hometown of Lincoln. The house had an 1860s-era schoolhouse at its core, and some unfortunate additions from the 1960s. We opened everything up, and I restored and extended the schoolhouse timber frame, before… More
In 2010 I designed and built a small studio cabin in a beautiful setting in Hawley, MA. The frame is made entirely of black cherry and white oak, both of which are highly rot-resistant. The frame was a joy to design and cut, with its relatively complex joinery – the… More
A grab-bag of photos of diverse past projects…
We built two porches out of hemlock and oak for a client in Lincoln. The small front porch features a slate roof, a king-post truss and a three-way joint called the english tying joint. The larger side-porch has an irregular-pitch hipped roof.