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Roundwood Timber Framing: Building Naturally Using Local Resources

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This definitive manual marks the birth of a new vernacular for the 21st century. Over 400 color photographs and step-by-step instructions guide you through the building of anything from a garden shed to your own woodland house. This practical how to book will unquestionably be a benchmark for sustainable building using renewable local resources and evolving traditional ski ...more
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published November 11th 2010 by Permanent Publications
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David Albert
Nov 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
It's a decent intro to round wood construction, as there aren't many other books on the topic. Overall, though, I was glad I got this from the library.
Bunch of typos.
Few pages where text is printed on dark background image, so it's hard to read.
Lots of photos, though sometimes they're not helpful (eg. A pic of a gentleman standing in bright sunlight holding a tool in dark shadow, and the text says "look at this tool".)
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Aleksandar Janković
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very detailed guide on using roundwood with useful color photos, including: types of wood best suited, tools, cutting joints. Slightly limited by the UK perspective, but the ideas can be applied to most temperate regions.

The only downside is that the suggested frame doesn't take into account passive solar design. There is no thermal mass in the floor as the house sits on piers. But you can take the general ideas of roundwood and apply them to your passive solar design, it will just take a little
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Ben Law lives and works at Prickly Nut Woods in West Sussex, where apart from making a living from coppicing he trains apprentices and runs courses on sustainable woodland management, ecobuilding and permaculture design.

He is author of The Woodland Way, a permaculture approach to sustainable woodland management and The Woodland House, which charts the building of his unique cruck framed home in th
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