We designed and planned this all-volunteer community timber frame build for the nonprofit farm Common Roots in South Burlington. A unique challenge of the project was that the wood was bought at an auction prior to the design of the building. All the timbers were of random lengths and sizes— the task was to take them, and make the largest structure possible. A steel cable truss allowed for the use of the short length timbers in the roof, and intricate scarf joinery was used to join the longer pieces together to form the wall plates. Approximately fifteen volunteers, including many professional timber framers, cut and raised the frame over two days. The raising was done by hand, unaided by any machinery. This project was very exciting for us due to the unique constraints, the success of the volunteer event, and the building’s positive impact for Common Roots farm.