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Hand Hewn: The Traditions, Tools, and Enduring Beauty of Timber Framing

Jack A. Sobon

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Product Details
Hardback (BB)
01 Nov 2019
Storey Publishing
240 pages - 228 x 292 x 16mm


Hand Hewn is a fascinating and inspiring tribute to traditional timber framing by one of today’s foremost expert architects and practitioners of the craft. In this highly visual book, internationally renowned builder Jack A. Sobon weaves his personal history of learning about the craft with its 2,000-year-long history. Sobon begins with the story of how he fell in love with what was then a little-known building technique and how he eventually became the “Sherlock Holmes” of timber framing. Through evocative text, stunning photography, and hand drawings, Sobon highlights the intimacy of timber framing: its connection to place and to the trees and forest, as well as the honesty and artfulness of the craft, the satisfaction of working with hand tools, and the thoughtful — even spiritual — nature of design. Ultimately, the book reveals how contemporary timber framing offers links to the past, to the natural world, and to the homes and structures that shape our lives.
A gorgeous celebration of the artistry, design, and traditional craftsmanship of timber-frame buildings, from an internationally renowned architect and contemporary practitioner of the craft.
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