Great Country Timber Frames Blog

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

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

The Timber Frame Octagon at Sonny’s Place in Somers CT

The completed timber frame at Sonny’s is nothing short of incredible. Spanning 70' wide with a 24' wide compression ring & cupola suspended 35' above the center, this huge timber frame structure is an exceptional feat of design & engineering.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, March 24, 2017

Press Release: GCTF is Building a 70' Clear Span Timber Frame Octagon at Sonny’s Place

Press is welcome to attend the raising, scheduled to begin at 8 am Tuesday March 7 and finish on Wednesday March 8. On these days, we will be raising the 13,000 pound compression ring and cupola to its final height of 35' and suspending it in the center of the structure with heavy timber roof rafters.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, March 03, 2017

It’s Officially an Octagon

All the posts are in place at Sonny’s and the octagon has taken shape. All this was done in just two days thanks to much prep work prior to raising.

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Posted to Blog: Thursday, March 02, 2017

Starting to Assemble the Timber Frame Octagon

Our crews are on location at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT as we start the assembly process for the timber frame octagon portion of the expansion.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, March 01, 2017