A large crowd moves through the manufacturing & design facility at Great Country Timber Frames during the fourth annual Open House
Visitors watch the monitor as Design Manager Jim and Designer Barbara demonstrate the design process
A crowd gathers around the CNC machine
Visitors learn about the timber frame raising process
Project Manager Nick discusses how a barn is raised
Detail: kneebrace joinery
Engaged in learning the craft of timber framing
Detail: housed mortise & tenon joinery
14' x 16' Teton timber frame pavilion made of Douglas Fir on display
Design Manager Jim shares his excitement for timber framing with a visitor. A timber frame model is displayed on the monitor behind him.
Timber truss on display with the company’s green tree logo. CNC machine in the background.
A couple reads a poster about a recently built party barn
King post truss & rafters on the Teton timber frame pavilion on display
Shop Manager Norm demonstrates how full size timbers are joined to form the frame
Detail: assembling timbers
Detail: oak pegs on a king post truss
CNC machine crafting timber sill joinery on a Carriage Barn post
CNC machine crafting timber sill joinery on a Carriage Barn post
CNC machine crafting timber sill joinery on a Carriage Barn post
CNC machine crafting timber sill joinery on a Carriage Barn post
Completed posts exit the CNC machine

    Open House at Great Country Timber Frames Draws National Crowd

    People from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida attended the fourth annual open house at Great Country Timber Frames in Ellington, CT on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The event drew nearly 400 people.

    Visitors enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the advanced manufacturing & design facility at Great Country Timber Frames and watched as a timber frame Carriage Barn was crafted on the company’s CNC machine. They saw how projects go from concept to reality—from designing on a computer to joining timbers on-site with oak pegs. They learned about the timber frame raising process and assembled full size timbers to form part of a frame.

    Additional highlights included a video about the raising of a 42' timber frame water tower, an instructional video about the Carriage Barn raising process, a timber frame kit on display with interesting joinery including a valley beam for a dormer, a 14' x 16' timber frame pavilion made of Douglas Fir, posters featuring recent projects & interesting facts about Great Country Timber Frames, and a video about a mega barn in New Hampshire.

    “We’d like to thank everyone who attended our fourth annual open house. We hope you found it interesting & inspirational to see our process and our love for timber framing. It would be our pleasure to work with you on your next timber frame project, be it a post and beam barn, timber frame pavilion, commercial project, or custom building. When you’re ready to get started, the best way to contact us is via our website or give us a call. Thanks again for attending and we look forward to working with you soon,” said Erik Koehler, Marketing Engineer for Great Country Timber Frames.

    The company plans to host another Open House the third Saturday of January, 2020.

    Great Country Timber Frames is The Barn Yard’s sister company and specializes in timber frame homes & commercial projects. All of The Barn Yard’s Carriage Barn and Saratoga Barn timbers are crafted at Great Country Timber Frames.

    Learn more about Great Country Timber Frames at www.gctimberframes.com

    Posted to Blog: Thursday, January 24, 2019