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The Hawk Circle Mountain Cabin Frame.

A Closer Look at the Rafter and Plate Beam Joinery.


A Side View of the Cabin Frame at Hawk Circle.

Hawk Circle Apprentices Putting Up the Rafters.

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The Large Mountain Cabin Frame

The Hawk Circle Mountain Cabin Frame


The frame pictured on the left is our Small Mountain Frame, which is a 'saltbox-leanto' style frame with a large front wall which can be left open for a woodshed or small animal barn, or it can be enclosed with a door for a snug small workshop or retreat cabin.


It's 10' X 7' at it's base, with a 7' front wall and a lower back wall that is 5' tall.   We build this frame from 6x6 and 6x8 inch hemlock or pine beams, and assemble it with hand carved hardwood pegs. 


The roof is a 12/12 pitch, sturdy, strong and designed to shed snow and last a lifetime.


This cabin frame will not fall down in strong winds, or under a heavy snow fall, like those crappy sheds you get from Home Depot or Lowes.  


The frame is built using traditional mortise and tenon joinery, and is done completely without nails, screws or bolts.


The frame will fit into the bed of a full size pickup truck, for easy transport and raising on your own site with minimal tools or special equipment.


You can raise it and build it on a variety of foundation options.   

Note:   The two side walls have beams that will allow for window installation but not for doors.   For this frame, only the front wall will accommodate a door.


We build two sizes:  

The Small Mountain Frame is 10' x 7', with 7' front and 5' back walls.

The cost for the 10'x7' frame is $5,800. USD, not including delivery.

The Large Mountain Frame is 12' x 8', with 8' front and 6' back walls.


The cost for the larger, 12'x8' frame is $6,400. US, not including delivery.

Your price may vary depending on the cost of lumber at the time of your order.


Most timber frames of these two sizes fall under the square foot size limits for building permits in many townships or rural areas, so depending on where you are located and what you intend to use the structure for, you may not need to deal with getting a permit to build.   Which is very helpful in terms of time and paperwork.   Please check your local zoning ordinances.



The "Build Your Own Frame" Option


These two frames are designs that are available as options for you if you wanted to cut these at our shop in the 'build your own frame' option.   

The first step to building your own frame at Hawk Circle is to attend a Timber Framing Skills Intensive, so you can gain all of the basic skills to cut the joinery on your own.

The second step is to contact Hawk Circle and schedule your work dates.

Cutting these size frames should take a motivated beginning timber framer about 3 weeks for all beams, hardwood pegs, drill holes and prepare the frame for transport to your location.

Cost:   The Price for both Build Your Own Frame Options is $2,200 plus the cost of wood for the frame of your choice.  (This will vary according to market price for rough cut lumber.)  


The small 10'x7' frame wood cost is approximately $800.


The larger 12'x8' frame wood cost is $1,300.


Once you pay a 50% deposit, we will order your wood from our Amish sawyer and then pick up the wood and have it ready to start cutting when you arrive for the program.


Please Email Ricardo Sierra at, or call 607-264-3910 for more information or to get a frame cut and delivered to your location.

Please Note:   We can design a larger frame for you at an additional cost based on your needs and situations.   Give us a call or write us an email and we will get back to you with an estimate for your project.


Also:   We can also purchase rough cut hemlock or pine boards for siding, roofing or flooring at a reasonable cost, if needed.   This lumber is green and will shrink as it dries, but is excellent for rustic structures.

The Small Mountain Cabin Frame, with people to provide Scale.

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