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Timber Building in Britain Hardcover – 14 Nov 1985


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 1st Edition edition (14 Nov. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575033797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575033795
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ron Brunskill is the recognised authority on the history of vernacular building in Britain" Building Conservation Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Society for the Protection of Ancients Buildings' Magazine News said: `This is destined to become the standard textbook of timber building' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is about carpentry, the craft which has been variously described as 'the theory and practice of framing timber' and 'the art of employing timbers in the construction of buildings'. Read the first page
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
Ever wondered how timber buildings were constructed in the middle ages and are still standing today? This is an excellent introduction to the craft of building in timber. The tools of the trade and methods of fixing and erecting are all explained with hundreds of drawings and photographs. This book will appeal both to those with a casual interest in the history of building and to those with a need for practical knowledge of conservation. The book is informative, interesting and packed with details but never gets bogged down in technicalities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
A reasonably-priced introduction to the study of vernacular building in wood. The first part surveys buildings of all types, describes and illustrates with photographs of actual buildings plus diagrams of construction. The second part details the joints and techniques used in construction, with more diagrams and photographs to illustrate. Part three is a chronological survey of timber building, ilustrated with photographs of representative buildings, starting with the earliest known timber building in the UK, and taking the reader up to the early 19th century. There is a brief part four, with maps of regional variations.

Brunskill is as well qualified as anyone to write this book and the expertise does show, but it is far from perfect. The text is surprisingly brief and not always easy to follow. The fact that the photographs are in black and white doesn't matter, but the neither the quality of the photography nor that of the printing is as clear as it might be, and it isn't always easy to see the detail being illustrated. Moreover, the author may know exactly how structures are assembled, and be able to accurately delineate joints and assemblies, but he lacks the artistic skill to make his diagrams look solid in 3D. Because the shading and draughtsmanship are a little odd, one finds oneself turning them this way and that, trying to work out what three-dimensional object or shape is intended to be portrayed; at times it is hard to see what is meant to be convex and what concave; elsewhere it is difficult to work out which are timbers and which the gaps between timbers. The simpler diagrams of joints are admirably clear, but the more complex structures sometimes mystifying.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN ORIEL on 9 May 2014
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Too technical for the average reader. I was hoping for something less architectural and more general so it had to go back
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