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.