Maine Post & Beam Boat Shop

August 21, 2011 by Shannon McIntyre

This summer Sean had the opportunity to offer his skills and hard work to two of the most important people in his life – his parents; while he may never be able to repay them for the many kindnesses and gifts that they have given him over the years, he feels that building them a little timberframe structure was a small advance.  A class at Yestermorrow Design/Build School cut most of the 16’x20′ frame and Sean finished the rafters in the Vershire shop.  He then loaded up the frame and all of the sheathing material on a log truck and headed for Islesboro, Maine.  There, with the help of family, friends, and neighbors, Sean raised the frame and worked over the course of two weeks to install roof boards, windows, and siding.  Much progress was made in little time, but there was still a lot to finish after Sean departed; fortunately his father Mike Dalton (at the left in the picture below) was able to carry the torch and he did a first-rate job of building the sliding door, finishing the board & batten siding, and building a boat hoist to the loft.  The structure will be used as a shop to build skin-on-frame boats and ship models, among other projects, and for storing kayaks and beach paraphernalia.  

Post & Beam Shed

Post and Beam shed

Cherry Post & Beam

Cherry brace with pine beam

Maine Timberframe Shed

In situ