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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561586080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561586080
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Unlike conventional framing, which is destined to be hidden by other building materials, timberframe homes leave massive beams and smaller supports exposed to be seen and admired as a finished and an architectural element. Tedd Benson divides Timberframe: The Art and Craft of the Post-and-Beam Home into four sections--"In the Country," "On the Water," "In the Mountains," and "In Addition"--to reveal how the proud owners of timberframe dwellings strive to make those architectural elements fit their surroundings. This is not a how-to book--though there are plenty of sketches and even a few simplified plans sprinkled among 400 color photos--as much as an effort to foster appreciation and inspiration of this unique home style. With case-by-case overviews of 29 American homes from coast to coast, Benson explores a craftsmanship that was largely replaced by stud framing in the late 1800s with the development of the wire nail, the circular saw mill, and the need to build houses more quickly. But Benson also calls attention to a renewed interest in timberframe dwellings. Norm Abram, of This Old House fame, not only wrote the foreword to this book but also serves as a case study of someone incorporating this old framing technique into his new house. For Abram, the attraction to timberframing is its sense of durability. "I look at its sturdiness and know it will be standing for many decades, maybe a century or two," he writes. Another sign of timberframing's resurgence is seen in the recent selling off of more than 7 million board feet of old-growth timber from the defunct Long-Bell Lumber mill in Longview, Washington. As Benson tells the story, word about the auction spread quickly among a new breed of timberframers who knew that wood of that size and quantity might never be seen again. The bidding quickly rose above the meager means of the average timberframer, and it was later learned that Bill Gates purchased the timbers for his multimillion-dollar home in Seattle. --John Russell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Benson is a master of the timberframe craft, in which large structural timbers are left exposed and thus enhance the decoration of a building. His third book on the topic is another classic in its own right. Benson runs a timber framing business from a hamlet in New Hampshire and is regularly featured on PBS, particularly This Old House. His craft is evident here, but his new book presents his art as wellAit is full of magnificent ideas and examples of thoughtful execution. Benson delineates two dozen projects of various sizes and styles. With 400 full-color photographs and dozens of line drawings, images are more prominent than text. The effect is nearly overwhelming, but it is leavened by an introduction from Norm Abram, the master carpenter of This Old House and New Yankee Workshop. Essential for woodworking collections. This may even find a place in art collections. (Index and epilogs not seen.)AAlexander Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Since 1974, Tedd Benson has championed high-performance, sustainable building. He and his custom design-build company, Bensonwood, have been featured on numerous shows in the PBS series, This Old House, as well as Good Morning America, and the Today show. The entire 2008-2009 season of This Old House followed Bensonwood's Weston project -- the first time TOH featured a newly constructed home. Tedd has authored four seminal books on timberframing, the first of which, Building the Timber Frame House, was instrumental in the revival of this centuries-old form of building with heavy timber. Tedd is an internationally recognized authority on sustainable building and a frequent speaker at such events as Greenbuild. Tedd founded Unity Homes in 2012, a diverse line of affordable, high-performance, prefabricated homes.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Kanode on June 16, 2000
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If you love beams, and more beams, lots of braces, and complex joints; then this book is for you.
If you prefer a more minimalist approach I'd suggest: "The Timber-Frame Home, Design, Construction, Finishing" by the same author. In that book this author wrote: "...frame design should simplify and reduce whenever possible, The best frames are those with the most economical use of timbers and the least-complicated joinery." I was disappointed that this book ignored that concept.
Most of the houses in this book are above 3500 sq feet with roughly a third at 5000 and up. If you want to see the extremes to which timberframing can be taken, this is the book for you.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
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This great book starts off with a short history of timberframes and then showcases dozens of great timberframe homes. The homes cover all styles and price ranges and the picture quality is superb. This is a must buy for all timberframe home lovers!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By pullrich on December 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of stunning photographs of timber frame homes, accompanied by engaging text both technical and philosophical. The book is divided into locations, such as prairie, mountain, and coastal homes. Not a guide to building, this is more like the ultimate coffee-table book.
I don't know one thing about architecture or homebuilding, but I enjoyed this book for its striking photos of awesome homes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Nistico on February 6, 2010
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I am quite pleased with my purchase of this book. For quite a reasonable price (the book is large but not over-sized and is bound in paperback) you get an excellent coffee table book full of many many beautiful photos of at least 29 different timberframe or timberframe/hybrid homes. There is a nice forward and a thoughtful introduction to the book, plus each several-page section begins with a narrative description of the featured house, its location and setting, the design and aesthetic goals of its owners and/or those who built or remodeled it, and usually a description of the type of timbers used and from where they were harvested or salvaged. Both interior and exterior details of the houses are portrayed, and each photo is well captioned. Needless to say, many of the interior photos focus mainly on details of the timberframe and joinery, but one also gets a very good sense of how that framework interacts with the rest of the room(s) to form an aesthetic whole.

One of my favorite features of this book is that each section includes a small floor plan of the featured house showing the locations of each timber post relative to the whole layout. Additionally, there is a three-dimensional pencil sketch of just the timberframe, as if one could look through the whole house with X-ray vision. I should point out that all of the homes featured in this work are modern construction, or at least recent remodels, and to the best of my recollection they are all North American. Although timberframe architecture does have a sense of timelessness about it, there is little or no information here regarding classic or antique structures. Only the salvaged timbers themselves, for many of the homes in this book, have historical value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blaze Donnelly on January 15, 2008
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I had a great time working on the Guilford, CT home called "on the rocks" in this book. The stress skin panels, now referred most commonly to as SIPS ~ structurally insulated panels ~ are a great technology for efficiency and waste reduction. The boook shows good pictures, some seem a bit dated though.
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