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Timber framer Jack Sobon built this cool little cottage in western Massachusetts using cruck framing, a medieval technique that probably originated in Britain. The idea is to use a curved tree, slice it in half and use those pieces in their organic shape to provide a framework for the building, in this way transferring the weight of the roof directly to the foot of the posts. The timbers are usually exposed and make a beautiful and very strong support system, sometimes incorporating a cross member to form a sort of A Frame for stability. Cruck-framed buildings are quite distinctive and have a visual quality all their own.
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Great to see Jack's back...in fine Home building. He was/is/always will be a pioneer in the art of timber framing.
Massachusetts should also take pride in another home grown cruck builder, David Babson, Ravenswood Builders.
Wow! Beautiful work. Has any engineer evaluated these for strength? Just on an intuitive base, seems like a horizontal curved beam, curve up, would be stronger, won't sag. Crotches are often stronger wood, so that one "y" crotch is 2 for the price of 1. Is that custom bandsaw work?