Re: Timber Framers Guild
- --- In email@example.com, rmhowe <MMagnusM@b...> wrote:
> Wood and Wood Joints: Building Traditions of Europe and Japanof
> by Klaus Zwerger
> The craftsmen who jointed wood without adhesive or nails to form the
> barns and houses of medieval Europe are the unacknowledged magicians
> their age. Their skills have been lost in Europe, but in Japantheir
> carpenters continue to build in unsupported timber and a study of
> methods sheds new light on the construction of surviving EuropeanI am happy to report that the skills and tradition of 'heavy'* timber
framing are still alive and well in Europe! Granted, framing had all
but died out in England, the French and Germans have continued with
some very strong framing guilds. There is a growing revival in England
(I am an aspiring framer myself) as more and more people discover the
joys of honest craft over the 9-5 office drudge.
July this year saw a collaborative effort with members from the Timber-
Framers Guild (USA), the Carpenters Fellowship (UK) and some European
framers working together to build a fantastic new office space for a
woodland trust in Oxfordshire (www.northmoortrust.co.uk).
We built this using the American 'Square Rule' system which is a
relatively modern system compared to the English 'Scribe Rule' or the
French system ('French Scribe Rule'!)
I would recommend the Timber Framers Guild to any one with an interest
in framing, they have regular working get-togethers where anyone is
welcome regardless of skill level- meet lots of great people and
produce something that will last and often enrich the lives of the
local community too!
* I have used the term 'Heavy' to differentiate between
traditional 'post and beam' framing and totally modern 'stud wall'