The most prominent feature of a Virginia timber-frame is the corners where you will find huge “hog trough” posts with angle bracings going down instead of the much more common version of them going up.
We created these corner posts by extracting 10″by10″ posts out of the corners of 14″by14″ beams. Pretty slick huh? No waste at all, and we ended up with very strong, very stable, very attractive, historically accurate, corner posts.
With regard to the corner bracing going down instead of up… I have stood on both types of frames on multiple occasions and I can tell you that the Virginia method is more stable, with noticeably less movement.
Originally posted 2015-02-04 15:15:17.