“Our house looks incredible! I am delighted and out of my mind ecstatic! I can’t believe how precisely everything fits together, and how gorgeous the timbers are. I consider myself truly lucky, and am so pleased with your efforts. ”

Christina Lingham


“From our perspective, as Royalston Oak Timber Frame homeowners, it’s all about relationship, care, attention to detail, listening and responsiveness. First, is the relationship that Tom worked hard to build and sustain with us, from start to finish. Second, is Tom’s relationship as a master timber-framer and craftsman – to the 150 pieces of red oak that became our frame. Our bright & airy, open, pegged, red oak frame generates lots of complements from visitors – largely because our vision of a Japanese inspired design, with warmth and light, got executed perfectly.

“It was a pleasure working with Tom. He was extremely easy going, knowledgeable and friendly. Our collaboration resulted in a beautiful timber frame that we never tire of admiring. The red oak frame is finished with nice details including chamfered edges and radiused floor joist connections. Tom’s prices were very reasonable and we still got top quality. Tom also accommodated our design requests with out missing a stride or our schedule. Thank you Tom. ”

Bob Witta


“Thanks for everything. It came out beautifully.”

Rick & Nancy Bezanilla


“…by working closely with his clients from design through construction, Musco has proven that the artistic elements inherent to timber framing need not be sacrificed when building cost efficient homes.”

Joiners Quarterly


“…he (Tom) exhibits his abilities as an artisan and homebuilder by incorporating unique characteristics in each house which reflect the individual requirements and living styles of the occupants.”

Steve Chappell


“Once again, thanks for your work on the frame and your follow through. Excellent job. I’m sure the final house will be a credit to you.”

Scott & Kim


“Thank you for all your efforts in constructing my oak frame. I wish you were around to hear the rave reviews!!! I am sure my post and beam home will bring years of enjoyment for myself and family. Please feel free to use my home as a reference which will speak volumes about your pride and craftsmanship. Include my thanks to your c rew which worked as a real team.”



“…I must say we are thrilled with the appearance of our timber frame addition.”

Steve Verses


“Eva and I enjoyed meeting you and your family and working with you this summer and we’re very happy with the frame. We would certainly love to have you and your family visit us once we’re in our new home.”

Dave Brown


“Thanks again for a job well done. Again, many thanks, we’ll get many years enjoyment from our house and will always be thankful that you cut our frame.”



“Thanks so much for building such a beautiful structure. It will be a treat to live in it.”

Linda & Mark


“Your (timber frame) joints were amazing! I now have an on-going admiration for timber frame structures. We are completely satisfied.”

Suzanne Burrows

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.