Great Country Timber Frames Blog

Timber frame news, post and beam barn raisings, recent projects, & other stories.

Sonny’s Timber Frame Octagon Complete

70' wide. All timber frame. No interior posts. Authentic mortise & tenon wood connections. Enough said.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Scenes from the Shop 6

In the design side of our manufacturing & design facility in Ellington, CT, dreams begin to take shape. Our full-time architectural designers work hard drawing plans, producing 3D designs, and working with the structural engineers (also on staff) to create the data for the CNC machine and the blueprints for the crews.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, May 26, 2017

Scenes from the Shop 5

This timber frame kit is the end result of all the hard work our dedicated employees put in throughout the process. From precision cutting to hand sanding, it's a one of a kind kit that is ready to be shipped and raised on site.

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Posted to Blog: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scenes from the Shop 4

That smooth, velvet-like finish on our timber frames is the result of the hard work of our sanding crew, next in our behind-the-scenes tour.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scenes from the Shop 3

The next stop on our tour is about crafting our arched kneebraces. Creating the sweeping, flowing look is a two step process that starts on the CNC machine and is finished by hand.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scenes from the Shop 2

Continuing our behind-the-scenes tour of our advanced manufacturing & design facility, let’s see the CNC machine in action. All of our timber frames are cut on a state of the art CNC machine (1 of 2 in the US) which allows us to offer the most authentic, precise, and complex joinery available today.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scenes from the Shop 1

We are proud to have one of the most advanced timber frame manufacturing & design facilities in the country and we’d like to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour in this new blog series called “Scenes from the Shop.” We’ll be showcasing our advanced facility and the talented people who work in it.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Latest from the Bald Hill Timber Frame Home

As the seasons change, we thought it was time for a new photo shoot at the Bald Hill Residence. Here’s the latest photographs of this Rocky Mountain western-inspired 3,800 sq. ft. timber frame home in Tolland, CT.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Raising the Cupola, Drone’s Eye View


Check out this photo gallery of the 13,000-pound cupola raising at Sonny’s, as viewed by a drone.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fit Like a Glove

The 24' wide timber frame cupola fit like a glove onto the compression ring on the 70' Clear Span Timber Frame Octagon at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT when our crew raised it in early March. The cupola and compression ring together weigh 13,000 pounds.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, April 18, 2017