The structural advantage of timber frames has been substantiated in the centuries old buildings worldwide. Wood, when joined by craftsmen using old and time tested techniques, is a forgiving and enduring material.
Wooden buildings centuries of years old are still used daily around the world. We visited a chocolate shop in France and were far more interested in the joinery than in the chocolates (but we did enjoy them). Seeing the timbers that have sustained through hundreds of years of use and even abuse was rewarding. We celebrated not only the chocolate, but the historic building.
To think that the structures that we are building today will be visited with awe and that they will serve as inspiration for new buildings centuries from now is humbling. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the beauty and drama of a timber frame, but the structure is really the most important element.
So, if you live in a timber frame, celebrate the structure. If you don’t live in a timber frame home, you might want to join this celebration…it will go on for centuries.
Another of Goshen Timber Frames “Educate Yourself” Webinars will be presented on May 20th. Contact Bonnie Pickartz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.