History of Timber Framing


The craft of timber framing goes back at least 7,000 years and was the standard method of construction in temperate forest areas across the globe. Its history is as rich and varied as civilization itself. This 3-hour visual presentation will cover the beginnings of the craft in Europe and Asia and its spread to North America. We will be looking at a variety of periods, building types, and framing styles; and learning about temples, tithe barns, hall houses, long houses, Wealden houses, hovels, cathedral roof trusses, crucks, earth-fast construction, stave building, wattle and daub, dragon beams, hammer beams, anchor beams, jetties, forebays, plank frames, scribe and square rules, and a whole lot more. 

This is a great add-on session for the timber framing course! 

Recommended Reading

  • Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings by Richard Harris
  • The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725 by Abbott Lowell Cummings

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