GREEN MOUNTAIN TIMBER FRAMES MANAGEMENT
Luke grew up on a dairy farm in Wells, Vermont. One of eight children, Luke showed an early interest in woodworking. He spent much time as a child in his grandfather “Papa’s” woodshop and completed a cedar strip wooden canoe at age 16.
It was also at 16 that Dan became a teacher, mentor, and friend, when Luke built a small timber frame cabin with Dan’s coaching.
During college in Massachusetts, Luke worked part time at a furniture restoration shop and developed a passion for furniture as well as timber framing. During the course of one summer during college, Luke completed his first restoration project; he rehabilitated an 18th century barn on the family farm and turned it into an addition to the house.
After successfully completing bachelor degrees in sociology and psychology at Gordon College, Luke realized that he wanted to return to Vermont to focus on woodworking full time. Luke now lives in Middletown Springs with his two fantastic children, and is proud to work with Green Mountain Timber Frames to preserve New England’s historic houses and barns.
Luke loves the challenges of designing new timber frame homes and barns as well as the unique demands of restoring frames from the past. Every restoration project provides an opportunity to learn from the craftsmen who worked long ago, and people notice Luke’s excitement and passion for quality craftsmanship.
Luke also enjoys building furniture, gardening and playing the fiddle. Dan and Luke often play a few old tunes together when a timber frame is completed, to put a little music back into the beams.
Dan McKeen founded Green Mountain Timber Frames in 1983. A self-described history buff, Dan choose a career in timber framing because it allowed him to take part in preserving the history of his community. With each old barn he restored, he enjoyed unearthing new stories of early Americans.
Dan has lived in Middletown Springs, Vermont for over 40 years, and he and his family are active community members. His children and grandchild live nearby and share Dan’s love of Vermont, nature and preserving the heritage of the region.
Dan finished daily work with GMTF on October 1, 2017, after a two-year transition where he and Luke partnered on various barn projects. Since then, Dan is enjoying retirement and very pleased to see Luke continuing the mission of Green Mountain Timber Frames: to help in preserving the heritage of New England's timber framed barns and houses.
Dan and Luke have collaborated on a variety of projects, ranging from brand new timber frames to a very early restoration from 1711—and plenty in between. That's a remarkable 300-year span! What a privilege!
Dan's recommendation: "Do allow Luke to build you a fine frame, new or vintage!"