All of the dramatic beauty of heavy timber construction using Eastern White Pine is on display at the Southeastern Vermont Welcome Center, along with all of the exhibits featuring the state’s history. Designed and constructed by Vermont Timber Works, this beautiful commercial building stuns with an open framework of hand-hewn white pine timbers finished and joined the traditional way. Click each picture to get a look at the beauty of these timbers up close.
While many other construction methods typically hide the frame of a building, enclosing it within walls and ceilings, timber frame construction makes it an integral visual part of the finished structure.
Vermont Timber Works believes that working the timber by hand, with manual tools, produces a higher-quality result with more character than using automated machinery. They use razor-sharp chisels to shape the custom joinery.
That doesn’t mean they don’t use any modern tools at all: sophisticated design software and precision mortising machines, along with drill stands, band saws and beam saws enable them to create building components that fit together perfectly for incredibly strong, durable structures. See more at the Vermont Timber Works website.