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Specialized Carpentry in Connecticut and all of New England

“We do jobs other people can’t tackle”

At Black Sheep Post and Beam, we specialize in historical restorations and new construction projects that combine historic structural integrity with artistic beauty. We accept the challenge of complex building designs and repairs where other companies might not know where to begin. Our team relies on technical expertise, artistic inspiration, discipline, and historically authentic traditions to complete your construction project and bring your creative vision to life.

About the Name

The name Black Sheep came from Jason’s platoon in Afghanistan. While other platoons were made up of soldiers from similar home states, Jason’s platoon was made up of soldiers from all over the country. They aptly named themselves Black Sheep. After his tour Jason coined the name for new business as a tribute to his Unit “The Black Sheep, 4th Platoon, 102nd Infantry”.

About Us

Historical Restoration

When we restore historic homes, barns, and other structures, we follow historically authentic practices and techniques. We complete repairs that renew your building while maintaining its aged look. We also repair non-historic structures built with post and beam construction.

New Construction

When you want a newly constructed building but prefer historic style, we can design it with the look you prefer. We reverse-engineer 250-year old building designs using historically authentic techniques. We use joinery procedures with everything done by hand and use oak pegs instead of modern fasteners. We also use historically accurate methods to design and construct functional structures such as unique footbridges for parks and river crossings.


Our History

Black Sheep Post and Beam offers their clients a decades-long history of design, restoration, and construction experience. As a young man fresh out of school in the 1980s, owner Jason Tinelle got his initial building experience while working on a construction crew. When he decided to go to school for art, he joined the military to make it possible.

A 26-year infantry career serving tours of duty in Germany, Desert Store/Desert Shield, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan during the first War on Terrorism. He earned his sculpture degree and, while still in the military, he became affiliated with Northford Timber Framers where he studied post and beam construction with George Senerchia. When Tinelle retired from the military, he followed his passion, mastered post and beam construction techniques and established his own company.

Black Sheep Post and Beam combines Tinelle’s sculptural and building expertise with his passion for post and beam construction.

Black Sheep Post and Beam Restoration Projects

Trumbull house, Lebanon, CT – The Daughters of the American Revolution contracted our services to restore the important historic home of patriot and Governor, Jonathan Trumbull.

Perkins House, Norwich, CT – Our company restored this 19th Century building built by Major Joseph Perkins in 1818.


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