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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715080
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rob Roy is a former contractor with twelve previous books to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mark Niawt on August 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
Some great nuggets of info but fails to deliver the "How-to" that the title hints at. I was dissappointed and am now looking for a "cookbook" or "how-to" style book.

I can not recommend this book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Del Mack on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
While this book does cover the general building process, I feel it does not go into enough detail. While talking about timbers and larger pieces of wood, the charts in the end are all for regular 2x wood. There are so many references to other works where info can be found, that the whole read felt like one large advertisement (many for the author's other publications). Needs more detailed sketches, diagrams, and important detail pictures, and less useless pictures taken from too far away to be useful.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mikathem on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is written in a very easy to follow style. The concepts all come across as clearly and the illustations do. There is loads of informative content for the alternative builder who is concerned with incorporating natural building methods such as straw bale construction, cordwood masonry, and cob building into thier home. What makes this book stand apart from other texts on the subject is its emphasis on the use metal fasteners to achieve a strong well built frame. While most other timber framing books use joinery that requires a high degree of craftmanship this book uses simpler techniques that the non-professional can learn quickly. It is great for the "do-it-yourselfers" out there that want a book that makes sense! Highly recomended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doh on December 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Roy brings out new home building books every year, it seems. The last few years have seen major treatments of all his basic building strategies, timber, earth, log ends. The new books are handsomely produced, up to date, and comprehensive.

With timber frames there are several major threads. The uber domestic architecture movement, based largely on church architectural norms, very difficult to home build. The modernist post and beam thread, now out of favour; And the domestic level shorter post and beams method designed for home architecture. This book is mostly towards the latter thread, with additions as required. In other words, even a person working alone with modest tools can do these builds. (Other good books in this scale are Sobon's books that cover traditional settler forms for modern makers, and Mitchell's West Coats classic The Craft of Modular Post and Beam. Sobon's diverts from simplicity in favour of some of these older forms, and Mitchell in favour of West coast style, though they are both still practical)

Often the glaring omission in timber frame books is the lack of any engineering treatment of how to size beams. This is a major stuff where the fancy frames are concerned, but it is within the realm of possibility for simpler homes. Roy covers this ground simply, and it is essential stuff for anyone who wants to do some design work before talking to the local planing office or a professional architect. This chapter can be skipped, but ads to the comprehensiveness of the text for those in need of the information.

One doesn't have to be planing a house to use this book. Timber framing is a practical form for smaller buildings like sheds, workshops, picnic shelters. Due to their scale these structures can often be timber framed within the span of only a few posts and beams of dimensional lumber, saving money with an elegant approach, and increasing interior space.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tosatomo on January 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I find most of the books by Rob, an interesting read, but would not recommend this one if you want to learn real timber framing. I am a traditional timber wright and have been part of countless timber frames. This book has nothing at all to do with traditional timber framing, and in many ways, is an affront to the art and craft of this most noble of building methods. I am certain that Rob's intent of the book is to add folks in building with large timbers, but if you take from the title that this is about traditional timber framing, you will be disappointed. I personally would, if you are interested, find a book on the actual craft. This book is more about using metal fasteners to build rustic large timber structures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Adams on June 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Author did not use enough examples, really only sited building one structure. It was imformative though.
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The author has done a good job of explaining practical Timber Frame construction. There are fewer references to the art of traditional joinery with its demanding craftsmanship to create interlocking structural members. The book focuses of the "Timber Frame Effect" married with the modern imperatives of economy, code compliance, ease-of-use and application of new technologies. The author effectively communicates where and how the old and the new come together to create beautiful and enduring structures.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Demetrea on June 9, 2007
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The book is very informative and helpful. Rob Roy's writing style makes it easy to follow. Not having any experience in building,(being female, that happens) I could still understand all of it, but a little background (even building a doghouse!) might have helped in truly getting the most out of the material.
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