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Midwest Rendezvous! Solstice Raising and Restoration Session June 18-20, 2015


Please join us for a raising on the Trillium Dell Timberworks land in Knoxville, Illinois on Thursday, June 18th - Saturday, June 20th.  Learn about timberframe restoration & considerations when reclaiming frames for reuse. This 2 1/2 day session balances lecture and hands-on participation in the raising of an 1880's 32' x 40' white pine barn. 


6/18  12-5p.m. includes lunch and 4 hours of classroom covering section 16 - restorations with Rick Collins. 

6/19  8 - 5 p.m. work with Rick and Trillium Dell crew as we ready the frame and site

6/20 8 - 3 p.m. barn raising & wrap-up

3 p.m. to midnight enjoy music and solstice celebration!

Please contact Kat Ryder at (309) 289-7921 or email at for registration and more information. 


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Iowa City, Iowa - Iowa State Capitol Dome Restoration

TDTW designed, cut and installed a 20 foot wide by 20 foot long by 16 foot tall bell tower and a 16 foot tall octagonal cupola to support the dome on the Old Capitol Building. We utilized select structural white oak timbers for this project. These two structures were built with heavy timbers and hidden steel knife plates. The bell tower was lifted to a height of 80 feet and the cupola rested atop the bell tower. This project required extensive use of tension rods and metal connectors. 

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