Community Building

Upcoming Projects


The final element of the Schuylerville Community Building Project will take place on June 14-18, 2017, with the raising of the Champlain Canal Region Gateway Visitors' Center. And you can be a part of it!

You might recall that last September we cut a magnificent white pine timber frame for the Champlain Canal Region Gateway Visitors’ Center in Schuylerville, New York. Project Manager Neil Godden, along with Dave Bowman and others, led 50+ volunteers over the course of two workshops to produce the square rule timbers. Unfortunately, the foundation was not completed on time (it’s complicated!) and so we bundled it up and stored it for the winter. Now winter’s over and it’s time to stand it up.

We will shakeout the rest of the sticks, clean them up, and pre-assemble bents for raising on June 17. We need 10-15 skilled volunteers—ideally several of you who participated in the cutting workshops will return to help prepare for the raising. Volunteers will learn:

  • Clean up techniques; 
  • Staging and preassembly theory;
  • Rigging and raising procedures; 
  • Safety protocols

On June 17, we’ll raise a substantial portion of the frame by hand, and use a crane for the higher, heavier, more dangerous lifts, and we need your help! We are looking for 35-45 willing volunteers to on June 17 to lend muscle to the raising crew. Rain date for main frame raising is June 18.  




You can also check out our blog from Phase I last summer and fall!




Plans are nearly complete for the Community Building Project in Prince George, British Columbia, this spring and summer. We are proud to have partnered with the BC Railway and Forestry Museum to build this 45-foot wide by 266-foot long covered exhibit space that will house 8 rail cars. You can visit to find out more. 

Volunteer crew members for this project can also sign up now. The Fabrication Phase (May 22-June 2) is full, but there is still room in the Raising Phase, which runs July 17-28. 

Contact Randy Churchill with any questions or for more information about this bold and exciting project in beautiful British Columbia! 


Some History

The Timber Framers Guild has brought forth more than 75 worthwhile structures since 1985. The majority are public or non-profit buildings. Find a list of our great projects HERE

As any non-profit can attest, having a base from which to carry out their mission—a building—is a fundamental, cherished, hard-won goal. The Timber Framers Guild can help you achieve it. But by the time we do, you’ll see that creating that structure builds something else too. It builds community.

Until fairly recently in human history, when a building was needed, all hands came together to raise it. Everyone had a part, just as they might all have a share in its use. Buildings, besides their nominal function, are monuments to the embodied energy of human effort and ingenuity.

For a taste of how large or small a TFG building project can be, view this fascinating mini-documentary from Krista Marie Media, used by permission, about the themes and teams of a project we did in Missoula, Montana.


Below, a snapshot from a recent multi-year project in Poland to reconstruct a synagogue roof there.

Timberframe Commubity Project in Poland