If you have only dreamed about the beauty of building with timbers, this book will open your eyes. It will convince you that this method is not only practical today for homes and other buildings, but often is less expensive than "stick building." Timber frame builder Jack Sobon and writer Roger Schroeder offer a book for builders as well as those wishing to have the work done for them. Here is practical how-to for both beginners and experienced carpenters who want to try this method. It offers: The basics of timber framing. How to design for strength and beauty. How to combine modern tools and time-tested methods. A starter project: How to build a 12 x 16 garden tool shed. Dozens of illustrations and photos that make it all easy to understand. "A sprightly manual on post-and-beam building techniques, well-illustrated with sketches and photos.". — Book Description from Amazon
Timber Frame Construction Books
Although construction materials and techniques may have evolved with the introduction of modern technologies, the simplistic elegance and engineering genius of timber frame home building is a craft that has been passed down for many centuries. Following is a list of books that showcase the time-honored techniques of timber framing and joinery past and present.
Among owner-builders, the traditional timber frame has been held as a pinnacle of achievement--for its rich history, unsurpassed beauty, and the sense of accomplishment it can offer. As founder and director of Fox Maple School of Traditional Building, Steve Chappell--author of A TIMBER FRAMER'S WORKSHOP--is in a unique position to share the knowledge he's acquired over the past 30 years. The title page says this book has been a work in progress for 15 years. The detail offered in illustrations and explanations supports that completely. Design and engineering make up a good part of this book but it also includes an essential introduction, a section on tools, wood characteristics, and joint details, among many other subjects. The point is, Chappell's 256-page book should not be overlooked if you are serious about timber framing. — From Back Home Magazine, Sept/Oct 1999