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A Brief Look Back at 2016

Happy New Year from Blue Ox Timber Frames! We started and ended 2016 with projects within an hour of our shop. In between, we traveled all over the upper Midwest to raise timber frame homes, cabins, entries, and additions. From timber frame cabins on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and throughout Minnesota, to convenience stores in North [...]

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North Star Camp Lodge – Brainerd, MN

Last year we worked on the main lodge for North Star Camp, a youth camp located near Brainerd, MN. Blue Ox Timber Frames did the timber work and Hy-Tec Construction did the finish work. The interior and exterior timbers are Eastern White Pine. The shed roof sections of the entry mirror those of  the main [...]

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Eastern White Pine Lake Home – Northwest Minnesota

This timber frame home was built not long ago on a lake in northwest Minnesota. The homeowner selected Eastern White Pine (EWP) for all of the timbers. Note the slight upward curve of the timbers in the dormers and in the peak of the porch. Like with most of the completed homes we feature, I don't [...]

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EWP Cabin with SIP-Supported Rafters

Timber frames come in all shapes and sizes. Not every timber frame has to be a traditional post and beam structure. This cabin, located near Park Rapids, MN, integrates Eastern White Pine timbers with structural insulated panels (SIPs) instead of posts on the exterior walls. Given the width of the great room, the owner thought adding [...]

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