The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Friday, December 7, 2012

Great Designs in Wood (34) - The Cascade Timber Frame Home

If you're familiar with timber frame home design, you won't be surprised by the awe-inspiring home you're about to see. If you're not, be prepared for an onrush of envy.

Wikipedia has a nice introduction to timber framing...
"Timber framing and "post-and-beam" construction is a general term for building with heavy timbers rather than "dimension lumber" such as 2"x4"s. Traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures using heavy squared off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs (larger versions of the mortise and tenon joints in furniture). It is commonplace in wooden buildings from the 19th century and earlier. The method comes from making things out of logs and tree trunks without modern high tech saws to cut lumber from the starting material stock. Using axes, adzes and draw knives, hand powered auger drill bits (bit and brace), and laborious woodworking, artisans or farmers could gradually assemble a building capable of bearing heavy weight without excessive use of interior space given over to vertical support posts. Since this building method has been used for thousands of years in many parts of the world their are many styles of historic framing. These styles are often categorized by the type of foundation, walls, how and where the beams intersect, the use of curved timbers, and the roof framing details. Three basic types of timber frames in English speaking countries are the box frame, Cruck frame, and aisled frame."
The rest of the article is really good and has some nice photos of historic post-and-beam houses in Europe.

If you're interested and want to take on a new dream, check out the website of the Timber Frame Business Council, headquartered in Gettysburg, PA. Warning, though...timber frame dreaming is highly contagious.


TimbersDoneRight said...

Impressive but better charatierized as a "Post & Beam" structure not a classic "Timberframe". A timberframe includes elements called "bents" that are modified A frame stuctures whose joints are mortise and tenon pinned with with wooden dowels. I'll forward a picutre you can post. Also real timberframes use little or no non wooden fasteners and absolutely wouldn't use metallic wind bracing.That is what the graceful mortise and tenon braces provide.

Consider me a Timberframe purist.

Ed Johnstonbaugh

Chuck Ray said...

Thanks, Ed. Always nice to hear from purists :-)

Anonymous said...

Ed, get a clue.