Temple Sugar Bush

This is a big one for Gibson Timber Frames. We had the great opportunity to work for Charlie Temple, and build his new Sugar Camp. This timber frame building is approximately 4000 sqft and sits amid one of Charlie's working maple bushes. It is a welcoming restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and seasonal dinner selections. There is a dairy bar featuring maple and fresh berry shakes.

The building is an awesome display of timber work. Built with 10 x 10 white pine, this principal rafter system combined with the natural stone fireplace make an ideal setting to enjoy some maple goodness. The T-shaped timber frame holds the kitchen and gifts shop at the front, and the stem of the T is the dining room with the vaulted ceiling and impressive timber work. All of the work was completed by local trades people including the hand made windows, custom stairs, the maple floor, and the timber frame.

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This frame took approximately 3 months to build at the shop, and 3 weeks to raise. We enjoyed raising this frame last year, but we particularly enjoyed the friends and family night last week. This was an opportunity for us to try out the wonderful food made in this timber frame.

This is a great place for a day trip to experience the land and flavour of Lanark County.

To visit the site take Hwy 7 East from Perth, drive about 15 minutes go through Innisville and turn left on Ferguson Falls road. Drive about 10 minutes on Ferguson Falls Road, go through the village of Ferguson Falls and watch for Temples Sugar Camp on the right. Temples Sugar Camp can be reached at 613-253-7000

To see more photos of this project and other work by Gibson Timber Frames, visit www.gibsontimberframes.comand go to the portfolio page. Or contact us at 613-372-5406. Check out our hands on timber frame course in May '08

Timothy Andrews