Roundwood Timber Framing: Building Naturally Using Local Resources by Ben Law
Since building his famous Woodland House from his own woodland, author Ben Law has evolved his own style of natural building, now tried and tested on many other builds across England. Ben has built houses, workshops, a classroom, lean-tos, a shop and a store to industrial specifications. Whilst this style’s origins can be found in traditional forms of building, Ben has developed an entirely new vernacular using many innovative ideas and techniques.
Filled with detailed colour photographs and drawings, this unique and practical ‘how to’ book, is unquestionably a benchmark for sustainable building. Roundwood Timber Framing encourages communication between woodsmen, planners, architects and builders, and helps to close the loop between environmental conservation, use of renewable local resources and the regeneration and evolution of traditional skills, to create durable, ecological and beautiful buildings.
Ben is a now a much admired figure. His previous books have sold extremely well and this book, with its highly original and fascinating contribution to design and build, is set to capture the public’s imagination and desire to increasingly learn traditional crafts.
“Ben’s work is unique… He’s a 21st century woodsman, formulating a new building style based on the timber framing methods of his British ancestors, but incorporating new techniques and the realities of the present-day world.” Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter: Homework and Builders of the Pacific Coast
Hardback with 400 colour photographs. 250mm x 220mm, 168 pages, published 2010. ISBN 9781856230317
Ben Law trains apprentices and runs courses on sustainable woodland management, roundwood timber framing, coppice crafts, and permaculture design. He was a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council. He also has worked for Oxfam as a permaculture consultant. He is the author of The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management and The Woodland House. He lives in West Sussex, UK. Law’s woodland house has been featured on The World’s Greenest Homes, a series of the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green. Ben’s latest book is Roundwood Timber Framing, a full colour guide to his building techniques. His website is www.ben-law.co.uk.