English Cathedral and Monastic Carpentry

English Cathedral and Monastic Carpentry 

By: Cecil A. Hewett, 1985

Well over a hundred great churches were built in the cathedral tradition in the middle ages.  They are our most important group of historical monuments and embody the finest craftwork of medieval architecture.  Cecil Hewett’s massive contribution to architectural history is now generally acknowledged and in this new and definitive study of the carpentry of England’s great churches, illustrated by some three hundred of his own magnificent drawings, he provides both a work of reference and a stimulating analysis of the evolution of the craft.

Craftsman Homes

Craftsman Homes -
Architecture and Furnishings of the American Arts and Crafts Movement

By: Gustav Stickley

Dover Publications, Inc. New York, 1979

The plans and drawings for 40 different kinds of cottages, bungalows, suburban houses and city dwellings are a long-lost gallery of functional American home planning, designed and in many cases built by the staff of Stickley’s magazine.  Craftsman Homes brings back an influential and thoroughly American style of design and construction:  Americana collectors will find it an inexpensive introduction to this ripe field; today’s architects, designers and decorators will find enough information and illustration to appreciate the Craftsman idea in its totality.

Understanding Wood Finishing

Understanding Wood Finishing – How to Select and Apply the Right Finish

By: Bob Flexner

Rodale Press, Inc. 1994

Author Bob Flexner has been finishing wood for more than 20 years.  He spent the last 6 years learning the chemistry of finishing, so you don’t need to.  In Understanding Wood Finishing, Flexner has distilled his technical knowledge into the practical information you need to understand how every finish will perform and why. In his book you will find tips for getting the perfect finish, tricks for determining what kind of finish you’re really buying, a handy chart telling which stains are compatible with which finishes and step-by-step finishing schedules.



Barn – The Art of a Working Building

By: Elric Endersby, Alexander Greenwood and David Larkin


The barn, symbol of shelter and harvest, warmth and honest effort – a simple form wedded to the most ancient of civilized activities, the tilling of the land.  Barn is a tribute to this building, with more than two hundred full-color photographs and an informed text by two expert practitioners of the art and craft of barn restoration.  For anyone interested in history, architecture, agriculture, or just plain living, Barn is the ultimate book about the world’s best-loved building.


The English Mediaeval House

The English Mediaeval House 

By: Margaret Wood – Preface by Sir Mortimer Wheeler

Bracken Books – 1965

In this book you will find an absorbing study of the evolution of the English house.  Filled with Margaret Wood and other workers’ meticulous research, the book covers the period of time from the Norman Conquest to 1540.  Sixty pages of beautiful and instructive photographs are included as well as 150 plans and drawings that can only enhance such a wonderful book. This is the first major book on medieval domestic architecture for over a hundred years and is definitely worthy of its great subject!


Manor Houses in Normandy

Manor Houses in Normandy

By: Yves Lexcroart
Photographs By: Regis Faucon

Konemann – 1995

Open this book and you will be blown away by beautiful photographs that have captured the undulating woodland and lush meadows of Normandy.  Pays d’Auge is a region of Normandy that is a treasure-house of architecture in which the amazing manor houses are among its best-kept secrets.  Some are surprisingly small and some very grand.  They are built of timber or brick and stone. Very few of the manor houses are open to the public so grab this unique opportunity and enjoy this breathtaking pocket of Normandy.

The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625 – 1725

The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625 – 1725

By: Abbott Lowell Cummings

Harvard University Press – 1979

An absolutely superb work of history on the early homes built in North America.  Mr. Cummings covers the English background, the House Plan, the Builders and their Resources and the Assembly and Rearing of the House Frame.  As you can imagine, you will read about our country’s first timber frame homes – some of which are still standing.  Spanning over 200 pages, this book ends with a detailed Appendix where you will find even more books on this splendid form of construction.  You will enjoy the many black and white photos, drawings, and maps of interiors, timber post and girt carvings and furniture of the era.  We use this book as a reference for carvings and timber sizes.

Timberframe – The Art and Craft of the Post-and-Beam Home

Timberframe – The Art and Craft of the Post-and-Beam Home

By: Tedd Benson – Forward by Norm Abram

The Taunton Press – 2001

Tedd gives us another lush book showcasing 23 homes and 6 timber frame additions of varied design which display the warmth, character, and versatility of today’s timber frame home.  Filled with 400 color photographs, drawings, and plans, you have a compelling source of inspiration in your hands.  Great for gathering ideas of what you do like in a timber frame home and especially what you don’t like in a timber frame home.

American Bungalow Style

American Bungalow Style

By: Robert Winter and Alexander Vertikoff

Simon & Schuster – 1996

If you’re looking for some great interior or exterior ideas for cozy nooks, fireplaces, porches, window nooks, etc., then this book can help.  Filled with over 300 color photographs of that charming Craftsman Style architecture, we are immediately drawn to its warmth and effortless design.  “The idea that simplicity and artistry could harmonize in one affordable house spurred the bungalow’s popularity – a rare movement in which good architecture was found outside the world of the wealthy.”  This remains true today – especially with a timber frame home.  Turning the pages of this beautiful book shows you how just a simple door can become a thing of beauty you could enjoy each and every day.

The Forgotten Crafts – A Practical Guide to Traditional Skills

The Forgotten CraftsA Practical Guide to Traditional Skills

By: John Seymour

Dorling Kindersley Ltd. – 1980

In this beautiful book John Seymour celebrates traditional crafts in the best possible way – by showing and describing in fascinating detail just how they were done, and by encouraging us to keep them alive.  Filled with old photographs and lovely drawings, this is a fun book to have on the shelf.  John Seymour lived on a farm and worked hard to recreate life as it was so his writings are based on his experiences.  The subjects covered range widely from woodland crafts to workshop crafts and household crafts.  Something for everyone!