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An oak framed barn in Herefordshire

A couple of weeks ago we put up a glamorous rural tractor/storage shed near Leominster in Herefordshire, a stone’s throw from our base at Castle Ring. Richard and Christina commissioned the frame as part of ongoing work and projects associated with their house and grounds. Most people of Richard and Christina’s age might possibly be winding things down and heading for beige knitted tank tops, but not this intrepid couple. Both were positively excited and energised by the whole idea of an oak framed barn to home their vintage Massey Ferguson and visited us in the workshop to see at first hand their frame being built.

Timber Frame Barn

Day one

After a couple of weeks in the workshop we were ready for the frame raising in the corner of their bountiful orchard of apples, pear and ripe plums. Christina had given strict instructions to preserve, if possible, a delicate fruiting apple tree right beside the foundations. Would it survive the rigours of a Castle Ring raising? Would there be any apples left by the time we’d finished?

The frame went up smoothly and by 4 o’clock we had finished the main 2 bay structure, complete with a joisted floor platform, single purlin, ridge and windbracing.

timber frame barn

oak frame barn

oak frame

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Christina and Richard kept us plied with tea and home made cake, which along with all the fruit in the orchard meant we could barely move all day.

Day two

We were more than happy to return to finish off the roof the following day, which involved fitting the common rafters ready to receive the roofing batten and slates.

common rafters oak

oak timber frame barn

timber frame barn by Castle Ring Oak Frame

A lean to structure at the rear of the  building will be used to store and dry logs. A stone “staddle” or plinth was still being sourced for one of the posts, so we made do with some temporary blocks of wood.


By early afternoon we had “topped out” the frame:

topping out a timber frame

…managed to not kill Christina’s precious apple tree:

timber frame barn in orchard Herefordshire

 …and Richard and Christina were chilling out in their stunning new barn. 

We enjoyed the whole experience as much as they did and look forward to seeing the the barn finished. But please. No more plums!

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The Bromyard balcony

An Oak Frame balcony

A recent project: the “round the corner” balcony for a new build in Bromyard, Herefordshire, which featured the longest scarf jointed plate we have ever made here at Castle Ring. The house has a contemporary split pitch roof design with lots of modern features. 

3D model of the frame –Oak balcony timberframe

Before we started work on the balcony the builders prepared the bases for the concrete staddle stones and posts. Galvanised brackets were built into the wall to receive the tie beams – this means there are no posts against the wall. The brackets have to be millimetre perfect for the balcony to fit. You can’t tell, but behind the camera there’s a lot of stress going on at this stage!

Balcony oakframe oak frame

Work begins in the workshop. Here’s Rob chisel marking the joints.

chisel marking

Cross frame “3”.

Castle Ring Oak Frame

Frame “4” with table scarfed plate, post and curved bracing all held together with podgers:

timber frame podgers

Possibly the longest scarf jointed plate we have ever made – over 16m! Poking out the workshop here at Castle Ring:

scarf joint timber frame

Balcony scarfed wallplate with rebate. Notice the central mortice which receives the tie beams from the top of the post to the wall bracket:

timber frame joint carpentry

Wall frame of the balcony finished and ready to come apart for the raising. We left the posts long so that we could cut to length according to the “staddle stones” on site.:

timber frame oak frame workshop

On site:

Oak balcony

Castle Ring Oak Frame balcony

Table scarf and braces for crossframe 5. Roman numerals much easier to chisel.

Table scarf and braces for crossframe

The neighbour’s development with a balcony we supplied a few months previously:


The balcony deck will be dropped into the 30mm rebate set down into the oak beams. You can’t see from this photo but the joists drop in with a dovetail joint:

View out from the upstairs living room through the sliding doors.


If you’re worried about the balustrade (or lack of….) it’s going to be made of glass so as not to obstruct the beautiful southerly views of the Malvern hills:


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