Great Country Timber Frames Blog

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

Visited by Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan’s Family and the Mayor of Springfield

This afternoon, we welcomed the family of Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan and the Mayor of Springfield, Domenic Sarno, to our manufacturing & design facility in Ellington, CT. Tommy gave his life while defending his country on Thursday July 16, 2015 during an attack on a Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. The Skinner Family, owners of The Barn Yard & Great Country Timber Frames, have donated a timber frame pavilion to be built at Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Park, a new park currently under construction in East Forest Park, Springfield, MA. Mayor Sarno and Tommy’s family were able to view the pavilion being manufactured on The Barn Yard & Great Country Timber Frame’s state of the art CNC machine.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Bald Hill Timber Frame Home Featured in CT East Magazine

We were honored to be featured in the spring/summer 2017 issue of Connecticut East magazine. Read the story here.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, July 21, 2017

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