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!
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
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
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.
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.
Every single spring and summer, each tree grows another layer of wood that is added onto the trunk. In the spring the wood grows quickly and is a lighter color because it is made of large cells. During the summer the wood grows much slower, has smaller cells and is darker in color.
To tell the age of the tree – Count the dark rings!
When a tree is getting plenty of sunshine and rain it will have rings that are broad and evenly spaced.
If a tree has went through a forest fire it may have some scarring on the bark right along one of the rings but every year the tree will add more wood to cover the scar.
Very narrow rings that continue through several seasons can indicate a drought or maybe an insect infestation.
If a tree has rings that seem wider on one side than the other it may suggest that something pushed against the tree as it was growing. The tree will build what is called “reaction wood” to prop up and support the side that is leaning.
Timber Frame Construction – All About Post and Beam Building
By Jack Sobon and Roger Schroeder
Garden Way Publishing – 1984
Jack and Roger created a book which introduces the practice of timber framing in simple terms so the novice can attempt a small building using the techniques described in this well written and drawing filled volume. “With all the basics learned, you’re ready for work. And it’s here that the authors help you as no other book will. They construct with you a 12 x 16 foot garden tool shed and tell you how to change that size or that purpose. Not surprising, the authors guide you first in building a stone foundation, then carefully tell how to prepare every timber for this building.”