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This barn was designed by Axiom Architects for a best-selling American author/illustrator of children's books.

Tom Musco designed the Douglas fir timber frame ...Read More

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This guest cottage was designed by an architect-friend of the owner.  Tom Musco designed the red oak frame to complement the architect’s plans.

The cottage sites in the corner ...Read More

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This two story cape overlooks a small lake in southern New Hampshire.  The frame is Douglas fir that was harvested from standing dead trees on federal land in Oregon.

Timbers fro...Read More

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This pine and hemlock frame is one of the largest structures we have built.  The building measures 32 feet by 56 feet and is a tall posted cape design.

The owners designed the bu...Read More

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Over the years we have done some interesting detail work as part of our timber frame projects ...

Cherry wood braces carved in the shape of herons.

A medieval style white o...Read More

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Tom Musco offered to design and build a structure that would link the Hardy School garden to an outdoor classroom.  A Japanese style gate was suggested for its esthetic appeal and its connection t...Read More

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The sculptor-printmaker owners of this house designed it around the Phillipston Cape. Over the years they added an entry porch and two 16 x 16 ells to each gable end.

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The Roche House is one of the largest timber frames we have designed. The house and the walkout basement comprise over 6,000 square feet of living space. Almost 90% of the timber for the frame came...Read More

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Heron Cottage takes its name from the black cherry braces carved into herons. The cottage was designed as a meditation space and writer's retreat. It has a spacious yet intimate feeling. The use of...Read More

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The Westmoor Park Barn is located at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, Connecticut. The 160 acre property was a farm that was donated to the town. It had several large barns, but they were not suitab...Read More

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Tom based his design for the Job Lane barn on the framing of the Job Lane House and on a few existing salt marsh barns on the north shore of Massachusetts. Tom cut a reduced-sized version of what w...Read More

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The original Pembroke Cottage has stood by the side of a small country road near Hartley Wood in Hampshire, England for over 600 years. It was the new’ addition to a 13th century cruck hall. It w...Read More

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Tom Musco, the founder and principle timber framer of Royalston Oak, began his professional woodworking career as a musical instrument apprentice to Peter S Kyvelos in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1973. Tom spent several years making and repairing a variety of Middle Eastern and Western stringed musical instruments. One of his dulcimers was featured in the first Fine Woodworking Design Book in 1976.
Tom and his wife Judy moved to Royalston, Massachusetts in 1977 and began building timber frames, an interest he discovered in a beautiful timber-frame barn on his in-laws farm in Petersham, Massachusetts. His first frame was for his shop and his second frame was for his house.
He made furniture and timber frames until 1980 when his shop was struck by lightening and burned to the ground along with all his tools and machinery. He built a new timber framed shop with the help of his neighbors and began timber framing full time. Tom was a founding member of the Timber Framers Guild. He has done workshops in NE ( Pembroke workshop at TFG ) and England.
In 1989 Tom and his crew participated in the famous Concord Barn Raising episode of This Old House. He has built timber frames in New York State, the Hamptons, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska, and all the New England states except Rhode Island. Tom has crafted almost 200 timber frames since 1977.
 
Tom Musco, the founder and principle timber framer of Royalston Oak, began his professional woodworking career as a musical instrument apprentice to Peter S Kyvelos in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1973. Tom spent several years making and repairing a variety of Middle Eastern and Western stringed musical instruments. One of his dulcimers was featured in the first Fine Woodworking Design Book in 1976. Tom and his wife Judy moved to Royalston, Massachusetts in 1977 and began building timber frames, an interest he discovered in a beautiful timber-frame barn on his in-laws farm in Petersham, Massachusetts. His first frame was for his shop and his second frame was for his house. He made furniture and timber frames until 1980 when his shop was struck by lightening and burned to the ground along with all his tools and machinery. He built a new timber framed shop with the help of his neighbors and began timber framing full time. Tom was a founding member of the Timber Framers Guild. He has done workshops in NE ( Pembroke workshop at TFG ) and England. In 1989 Tom and his crew participated in the famous Concord Barn Raising episode of This Old House. He has built timber frames in New York State, the Hamptons, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alaska, and all the New England states except Rhode Island. Tom has crafted almost 200 timber frames since 1977. Tom is also an excellent cook with an interest in food of Sicily, where 3 of his 4 grandparents were born. He has written a series of articles on Sicilian food which you can read at the website of the Umass Journalism in Sicily Program.