While written in a conversational tyle, Timber Construction isn't lightweight. In addition to useful drawings and photos, there are also excellent checklists for designers and specifiers. Particularly impressive were the well-illustrated chapters on fasteners, connectors and traditional joinery.
An accomplished architect and specialist in timber design, Goldstein is passionate about the creative potential for architectural expression in heavy-timber structures. Although there is a tremendous volume of technical and practical information here, there is throughout an enthusiasm for the potential of timber construction.
Anyone who works with wood, either as a designer or builder, will find something new, useful and exciting in these inspiring pages. -- Fine Homebuilding
From the Back Cover
A well-framed blueprint for success. In use since ancient times, yet gradually supplanted by steel and concrete, timber framing is once again surging in popularity. This comprehensive, hands-on guide, filled with practical architectural, engineering, and construction guidance, brings you up to date on design, materials, codes, and applications. With expertise from a leading timber architect, a top designer/builder of heavy timber frames, a wood scientist, and several renowned timber engineers, this book provides a conception-to-completion professional blueprint essential to anyone interested in or involved with timber construction. You get detailed information to help you: understand wood structure and properties; prevent wood degradation; design for durability; develop traditional and contemporary joinery; configure heavy timber trusses; use new materials, such as fiber-reinforced glulams; plan fabrication and erection, at the shop and in the field; understand engineering/construction interactions; identify maintenance, evaluation, and restoration issues; estimate and bid timber construction projects. PLUS: case studies of existing timber structures; graphs and charts for preliminary design; numerous photographs of details and assemblies.