1. THE DOVETAIL JOINT IS AN ANCIENT TECHNIQUE FOR JOINING PIECES OF WOOD
The dovetail joint is a common traditional joint technique used in timber framing, furniture making, and other woodworking. The dovetail joint dates all the way back to the first dynasty of ancient Egypt where evidence of the dovetail join was found being used in furniture entombed with mummies.
2. THERE CAN BE A
HIGH LEVEL OF SKILL INVOLVED IN TIMBER FRAMING
Timber framing takes a good amount of skill and experience. Someone with a background in carpentry could expect to serve an apprenticeship for about a year before they could be considered an experienced timber framer.
3. TIMBER FRAMING IS
A VERY OLD BUILDING TRADITION
Timber framing is an ancient building method that goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years. The building method was developed as a way to build strong and secure buildings out of large pieces of wood, without metal nails, which were expensive and labor intensive to produce.
4. TIMBER FRAME
STRUCTURES CAN LAST FOR A VERY LONG TIME
The oldest known timber frame building in the world is a Buddhist temple in Lhasa, Tibet believed to have been built in 652 BCE. The oldest timber frame building in North America is the Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA which was built around 1637.
5. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WOOD SPECIES INVOLVED IN TIMBER
The wood species that Cover uses is Douglas Fir.
6. TIMBER FRAMING CAN
BE AN ECO-FRIENDLY BUILDING METHOD
Wood is considered an eco-friendly building material. Wood is a renewable resource, takes less carbon to produce than steel or concrete, and traps carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as the tree dies and decays. Building primarily with wood sourced from secondary growth forests that are ethically and sustainably managed is a great way to build green and to reduce the environmental damage and carbon footprint of your building.
7. THE SIZES OF TIMBER USED FOR FRAMES CAN BE QUITE LARGE