The Blue Ox Timber Frames crew has been very busy this summer, both in the shop and on the road. Recently, the Blue Ox crew traveled to Danbury, Wisconsin, to raise a Douglas Fir timber frame cabin. This cabin has many small touches that give it a lot of character.

Douglas Fir timbers ready for delivery

Douglas Fir timbers ready for delivery.


Despite a foot of rain on the first night, the crew was able to stay on schedule.

Blue Ox Trailer in a puddle

This puddle was left over from the torrential rain.

This Douglas Fir bent has many small decorative touches that add up to a very distinct piece. The double-king posts and arched struts within the truss are complemented by the arched knee braces in the posts.

Douglas Fir timber bent.

Douglas Fir bent going up.

After the bents were installed, the crew put the ridge beam in place.

Douglas Fir ridge beam.

Installing a Douglas Fir ridge beam.

The ceiling joists have a planed inset to add depth and character.

Douglas Fir ceiling joists.

Douglas Fir ceiling joists.

The ceiling joist ends have decorative cuts.


The decorative ends of the ceiling joists.

One last look at the raised timber frame before the crew installs the tongue and groove ceiling.

Douglas Fir timber frame

A long view of the raised Douglas Fir timber frame.


This Douglas Fir tongue and groove with clear coat, which really brings out the natural grain and glow of the wood.