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Timberframe : the art and craft of the post-and-beam home
Benson, Tedd.
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Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, [1999]

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232 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 29 cm
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TH4818.W6 B46523 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Timberframe shows that time-honored timber construction has unlimited design possibilities. Written by Tedd Benson, who is nationally known as the leader in timberframe design and construction, this vividly photographed book explores a variety of styles, from traditional homes to contemporary classics.

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Booklist Review

Here is a visually stunning album of great interest to everyone from do-it-yourself homebuilders to ordinary folk looking for interior or exterior design ideas. Post-and-beam home construction is undergoing a revival at the moment, and Benson fills his pages with gorgeous color illustrations of beautiful, wood-filled homes dominated by towering beams, sweeping vistas, and marvelous light. Benson also traces the history of timberframing ("as old as our concept of home") and shows how this traditional house-construction method fits perfectly with the needs of today's environmentally conscious homeowners. (Many of the timbers used for new post-and-beam houses are recycled from older buildings.) Nearly 30 timberframe houses, old and new, are profiled throughout the book, with chapters organized around locations: "In the Country," "On the Water," "In the Mountains." A treat for anyone who is building a new home, remodeling an old one, or just dreaming about cool places to live. --Ilene Cooper

Library Journal Review

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 wellÄit 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.)ÄAlexander Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Norm Abram
Forewordp. 2
Prologue: The Art and Craft of the Timberframep. 4
In the Countryp. 16
Prairie Prospect: Nebraskap. 18
Home Spirit: Virginiap. 26
Craftsman's Way: Washingtonp. 32
England West: Coloradop. 38
Concord Barn: Massachusettsp. 46
Vaulted Dwelling: Massachusettsp. 52
Time Crafted: Massachusettsp. 58
Horse Haven: Marylandp. 68
On the Waterp. 74
Timber Bonded: Nantucket, Massachusettsp. 76
Light Hall: South Carolinap. 84
Island Sentinel: Nantucket, Massachusettsp. 90
World Apart: Connecticutp. 98
Tree House: New Hampshirep. 108
On Rocks: Connecticutp. 116
Glass Bunker: British Columbiap. 122
Bras d'Or Ark: Nova Scotiap. 130
In the Mountainsp. 138
High Plains Salvage: Montanap. 140
Mountain Manor: Montanap. 148
Western Chateau: Coloradop. 154
Chalet West: Montanap. 164
Snow Barn: Vermontp. 170
Sun Lodge: Coloradop. 176
Mining Hall: Coloradop. 186
Master's Wing: Massachusettsp. 194
Abundant Farm: New Hampshirep. 196
Trumpet Haven: South Carolinap. 198
Barn Anew: Massachusettsp. 200
Timber Sanctum: New Hampshirep. 202
Thatched Nest: Englandp. 204
Epilogue: In the Pastp. 208
Acknowledgmentsp. 230
Creditsp. 231