For over 40 years the craft of timberframe has been at the heart of our company
We’ve come a long way since Tedd took down his first barn and repurposed it into a Cape Cod style house. We’ve mastered the compound layout and cutting techniques and evolved from simple historical mortise and tenon to new fasteners designed with engineered analysis. Our shop is capable of any style of timberframe, including Japanese joinery.
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For 40 years, timbers have been at the heart of our company. In 1974, Tedd Benson helped begin the timber frame home revival. He did it by building the first new timber-framed residence in New Hampshire in over 60 years. That would be the first of many timber frame homes. Bensonwood has built more than 650 frames across the US as well as in Canada, England, and Japan
In the 1980’s we brought in Japanese temple builders to train our team, in the 90’s we expanded our international training to bring in French and German master carpenters trained in the compound techniques needed for cathedral roof framing. Now, we employ a number of international employees that expand the in-house knowledge to the areas of the globe where research on modern timber design and connections are more highly studied than the USA. We maintain close ties around the globe, and now have industrial sized German CNC timber mills and planers in our shop that can work huge timbers with exacting tolerances. We can supply the whole timber frame, or if your project features just trusses or timber accents, we can do that too. Our knowledge of species and their structural and performance characteristics helps us choose the right wood for your project.
Building Our Timberframe Homes
Our timber frame homes and structures are more than beautiful sculptures connected with precise joinery. We take pride in the fact that our timber frame buildings plan for the finished house. Every detail matters at Bensonwood, regardless of whether your home is an open built hybrid timber frame home or a fully custom home. After the excitement of raising day has faded, we want you to be satisfied as you walk through your home and touch a post whose edges were carefully chamfered by craftsman.
At Bensonwood we use off-site manufacturing to build all of our timber frames to ensure superior quality and craftsmanship. CNC timber milling machines rough-cut all joinery. A skilled timber framer then finishes each joint by hand. To finish the outer shell of the timber frame home we use our wall and roof systems. We continually refine our systems to ensure you get the best timber frame home as possible. Our wall and roof systems allow us to design and build hybrid timber frame homes and buildings, where structural exterior walls reduce the number of required timbers. This process gives you flexibility in design and end aesthetic.
The timber that makes a Bensonwood frame can be either salvaged or standing-dead harvested timbers. An increasingly popular choice is engineered timber in the form of Glued Laminated Timbers, also known as glulam. Glulam timbers come from smaller sustainably harvested trees that provide exceptional support. No matter if you’re building a traditional timber frame home or a 10×15 foot Walden Cabin replica, Bensonwood can provide you with the structural engineering and construction expertise to realize your vision in wood.
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Timber framing has changed and we have adapted. Developing keyed beams in 1998, allowing us to span greater distances with shorter timbers. Our timber frames can now include engineered timbers as well as sustainable, locally-sourced woods such as hemlock and southern yellow pine. We have constantly evolved and challenged the status quo and lead innovation.
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