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In truth - "A Timber Framers Workshop",
This review is from: A Timber Framer's Workshop: Joinery, Design & Construction of Traditional Timber Frames (Paperback)
Unlike most books with similar titles, this one truly is exactly what it says - a practical workshop - or to be more precise, a composite of several such workshops skilfully melded into a single coherent text.
The book breaks the timber framer's art, and science, into discrete chapters, each with a clear focus and gives each adequate coverage. All recommendations given in the text are well supported by the "whys and wherefores" and the more technically inclined will find thorough analyses of each aspect of frame design and practice.
The authors writing style is relaxed, fluent and easy to read, yet clearly spoken with the authority of a master craftsman. The illustrations, both photographs and line drawings, are clear and informative with direct relevance to the associated text and are placed in proximity to the relevant text.
As a handbook for the principles of timber frame design it would be hard to surpass, though I would also not want to miss out on Tedd Benson's "Building the Timber Frame House"! There is, as one would expect, considerable overlap in the subject areas but the difference in publishing date, writing styles and presentation make these two fine books far more complementary than might otherwise be imagined. My advice is to buy and read, both.
From the viewpoint of a European, the absence of metric data may seem an omission but is not a vital one: the principles apply equally wherever one is working and conversion of the technical data provided is a simple matter. I would like to have seen cladding and external finishing covered by the book but equally recognise that this would have highlighted the differences between US and UK practices, possibly diminishing its relevance to non-US locations.
Although I have worked on one reasonably modest and one spectacularly large framing project, whetting my appetite for the craft, I am by no means an expert - barely a novice. This book is going to be my guiding companion on the "next great adeventure" - building my own timber frame home. I have every confidence in my chosen guide.
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2008 13:06:18 GMT
thanks I shall by this and would be interested to know if you pursue your adventure as it is mine too
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