Saturday, September 04, 2010

Ben Law, master timber builder going on tour this month


I have been filming Ben Law all Summer long to make a DVD about Roundwood timber framing. This is a unique form of construction using poles (often coppiced) in the round, rather than in the square, to create structurally stronger, lower cost and aesthetically beautiful buildings.

It takes its origins from the early traditional green wood frame designs of England, and the scribing techniques of the log builders of Scandinavia, U.S.A. and Canada, as well as creating jointing techniques unique to its own construction form.

It uses smaller diameter poles than traditional framing and a much smaller number of them compared to log building. It is suitable for framing in different climates and has the advantage of using construction methods that are suited to the use of local materials and semi skilled labour. In England, it has a growing demand and is becoming the new vernacular of sustainable building in the 21st century.

To launch his new book and DVD, Ben is undertaking a series of high profile talks this summer. He is as ever in demand from the media (TV, radio, printed press and online) and is available for exclusive features and interviews.

For more information please contact Tony at Permanent Publications
tony@permaculture.co.uk

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