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Hand Hewn: The Traditions, Tools and Enduring Beauty of Timber Framing
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.
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"Drawing on 7,000 years of tradition, Sobon, an architect who specializes in timber-frame buildings, showcases timber-framed porches, rooms, barns, and houses - all built without hammering a single nail." -- Publishers Weekly "Sobon has spent his career turning trees into magnificent structural frameworks for buildings that satisfy our yearning for real strength, warmth, and honesty." -- Max Jacobson, architect and coauthor of A Pattern Language and Patterns of Home
"Hand Hewn is an invitation -- through gorgeous photographs, clear drawings, and enticing text -- to follow the passion and experience of a visionary master craftsman, historian, and poet whose work and philosophy are sure to inspire you." -- Philippe Petit, high wire artist and author of Man on Wire
"An essential book for every builder -- of anything -- revealing the world of timber framing from a true master craftsman." -- Will Beemer, author of Learn to Timber Frame and director of the Heartwood School for the