Timber Framers Guild to Build Community Visitor’s Center in Schuylerville, NY

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The Timber Framers Guild will conduct a ten-day Community Building Project in Schuylerville, NY, raising the frame of the new Gateway Visitor’s Center in September 2016.

“The timber frame is a modern take on a traditional Dutch style barn that was common in the Hudson Valley”, states Mike Beganyi, the frame designer.

“The timber frame is a modern take on a traditional Dutch style barn that was common in the Hudson Valley”, states Mike Beganyi, the frame designer.

Community Building projects are the heart and soul of the Timber Framers Guild: they are where all points of our mission converge.

This fall, the Timber Framers Guild organizational members and volunteers will raise the new Gateway Community Visitor’s Center in Schuylerville, NY. The new timber frame building will be constructed at the site of General Burgoyne’s surrender in the Revolutionary War and will serve as the starting point for tourism of historic sites in the upper Hudson Valley. From September 5th through the 15th, instructors will work with more than fifty students and volunteers to process approximately 24,000 board feet of locally sourced white pine and red oak timbers to form the community center.

Mike Beganyi, timber frame designer for the Schuylerville Community Building Project and Timber Framers Guild Project Manager Neil Godden, have incorporated characteristics of the Dutch barn frames native to the area into the Gateway Community Visitor’s Center plans.

“The timber frame is a modern take on a traditional Dutch style barn that was common in the Hudson Valley”, states Beganyi. “The traditional design has been adapted to meet program requirements for a visitor center which will house interpretive displays rotating exhibits, and host community events.” Large anchor beams with thru tenons and celebrated joinery will tie the frame of locally harvested pine and hardwoods together.

A community hand raising of the Gateway Community Visitor’s Center frame will take place on September 14th and 15th. “A hand raising such as the one we’ll conduct to conclude this event is something the community and the participants will remember for the rest of their lives,” states Timber Framers Guild Executive Director Jeff Arvin.

Since 1988, the Timber Framers Guild has collaborated with communities to create over seventy-five timber frame structures. Throughout their time, they’ve worked in the US, Canada, Suriname and Poland and have built timber frames for bridges, market pavilions, picnic shelters, park structures and house frames for a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

“Community Building projects are the heart and soul of the Timber Framers Guild: they are where all points of our mission converge,” shares Arvin. “Through these projects, we teach the craft, promote the craft and serve the greater community.”

The Guild’s experience with projects and workshops began modestly in 1988, the organization’s third year, with a pair of frame design workshops in Massachusetts. Plans were made to realize a daring plan to raise two house frames, and moreover, to cut pieces for the frames at shops all over the world. Once completed, the timbers were brought together in Hannover, Pennsylvania where some four hundred timber framers assembled and raised the two frames. The sites were turned over to Habitat for Humanity and completed in collaboration.

The Timber Framers Guild is a nonprofit organized exclusively for educational purposes to provide training programs for timber framers, disseminate information about timber framing to the public, and serve as a general center of timber framing information for the professional and general public alike. If you’d like to be involved in the hand raising of the Gateway Community Visitor’s Center, or with the Timber Framers Guild in general, please e-mail info(at)tfguild(dot)org.

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