At Royalston Oak we like to keep things simple. We do one thing and we do it well. We hand-craft traditional timber frames for homes, barns, cottages and additions.

We will work with you or your architect to design a timber frame from your ideas or plans.  We can adapt a stick-frame design to a timber frame design; we can design a timber frame addition to your existing house or as a part of your building project. If you would like a timber framed family room or great room as a complement to a conventional frame, we can do that.

Planning your timber frame is just as important as the fabrication. We can provide complete blueprint and engineer packages, or just framing plans. Our fame plans are reviewed and stamped, if required by a licensed structural engineer.

We also coordinate the stress skin panel phase of your project, if you choose to use stress skin panels. We will provide the company of your choice with framing plans, elevations and floor plans. We will coordinate the delivery of the panels to your site with the frame raising, to reduce the time the frame is exposed to the weather.

We cut only one frame at a time. We try to cut your frame when you will need it. If that is not possible we will cut it and store it in our timber storage shed.

Owner is responsible for:

  • Site access and preparation.
  • Foundation and deck work: we will provide specifications and drawings.
  • Panel installation.
  • Framing crew: we will supervise your crew and provide the necessary equipment to raise the frame.
  • Crane service.

Raising a Timber Frame

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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 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.