Years ago, I bought an old farm in central Vermont. It was an old, run-down place built in 1835 that needed lots of work. Fortunately, the timber frame under the old plaster and lathe was still sound in most places.
Having been interested in the “old style” buildings for some time, I knew I had a good frame to start from. Gutting this house was indeed a project, but the most fun was getting to know the frame that was the heart and soul of this building.
Inspired, and with the house frame still in my recent memory, I undertook building my first real timber frame structure, a 20’ x 42’ sugarhouse with a loft and shop space. Using chisels and hand planes that are so sharp you can literally shave with them was a new experience for me. The tactile connection to the wood and tools is powerful, and much more interesting than pounding nails through 2x4s.
I’ve always had an appreciation for wood. As a forester and maple sugarmaker, I’ve developed a broad understanding of and involvement with wood and trees, particularly concerning careful harvesting and utilization. Timber framing represents a wise use of a sustainable resource and pays homage to our past while securing our future through the comforts of our homes.
As Winterwood Timber Frames has matured, we have remained dedicated to providing a high quality building at a fair price. We work conscientiously to support our community and its resources while building a business based on integrity and sustainability. We are flexible in our abilities to meet the needs of our clients and really enjoy what we do. You’ll notice the difference.