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Oak: fine timber in 100 years

    Download this review in PDF of Oak: fine timber in 100 years, Size: 282 Kb   OAK: FINE TIMBER IN 100 YEARS We are particularly pleased to announce the launch of a ground breaking French book on Oak silviculture, translated by Bede Howell, which has been mainly funded by Woodland Heritage and published...

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Continuous Cover Management of Woodlands: A b…

    Download this review in PDF of Continuous Cover Management of Woodlands: A brief introduction, Size: 163 Kb   CONTINUOUS COVER MANAGEMENT OF WOODLANDS: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION BY RODNEY HELLIWELL (AUTHOR & PUBLISHER) SPONSORED BY WOODLAND HERITAGE Rodney Helliwell's latest small book is a very clear and practical explanation of continuous cover management. In fact, short of going in...

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The British Oak by Archie Miles

    Download this review in PDF of The British Oak, Size: 85 Kb   THE BRITISH OAK BY ARCHIE MILES Woodland Heritage is proud to support this stunning 'Oak' book by Archie Miles Published by Constable & Robinson Ltd on 10 Oct 2013 £35.00 A major new work celebrating the Oak tree in Britain – exploring the history, culture...

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Woodsman by Ben Law

      Download this review in PDF of Woodsman, Size: 118 Kb WOODSMAN BY BEN LAW Living in a Wood in the 21st Century Published by Collins on 28 Mar 2013 £14.99 “Ben Law’s house is my favourite Grand Design” Kevin McCloud Ben Law has lived as a woodsman in Prickly Nut Wood for over 20 years...

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The Silviculture of Trees used in British For…

      Download this review in PDF of The Silviculture of Trees used in British Forestry, 2nd Edition, Size: 100 Kb This handbook provides a detailed guide to the biological suitability to different sites and soils for all important native trees and the most extensively used exotics. British woodlands and forests are often...

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Ben Law's 'Roundwood Timber Framing'

      Download this review in PDF of Roundwood Timber Framing, Size: 55 Kb East Meon in Hampshire provided an appropriate venue to celebrate both building with roundwood timber and the launch of Ben Law’s new book - Roundwood Timber Framing.East Meon features some of England’s oldest standing timber-framed buildings some of which...

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Wytham Woods Oxford's Ecological Laboratory

    Download PDF review of Wytham Woods Oxford's Ecological Laboratory, Size: 45.35 Kb Woodland Owners, Managers, Environmental Conservators and Naturalists will be delighted to discover that Oxford University Press has recently published a book on Wytham Woods written by Oxford University staff and other associated researchers. The contents of this book...

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Windsor Chairmaking by James Mursell

This book is the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It has been written with a broad readership in mind. It is aimed both at existing Windsor chairmakers and also at those who are perhaps contemplating making their first chair. Detailed...

02-03-2009 Hits:2468 Book Reviews

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"The Art of Ian Norbury"

Book Review "The Art of Ian Norbury" Foreword by Simon Channing-Williams Ian Norbury was introduced to me when I was looking for someone to do some carvings of birds for a film I was producing. We had a thoroughly enjoyable meeting, shared a glass or two of wine and Ian lit a pipe. It’s been like that...

31-01-2008 Hits:2484 Book Reviews

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"Remarkable Trees of the World"

Dr Tim Cutler reviews our choice of book - and tells us about his beloved Physic Garden In 1996 Thomas Pakenham enthralled us with his "Meetings with Remarkable Trees". This was a new kind of book which owed little to conventional botany. The criteria for selection and inclusion of the trees...

31-01-2008 Hits:2718 Book Reviews

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"The Red Squirrel - Redressing The Wrong…

The Red SquirrelRedressing The Wrong By Charles Dutton MICFor The red squirrel was once common in all wooded areas of Britain and Ireland. I can recall a time when seeing them scurrying among the trees on my farm in Co Meath was an almost everyday occurrence. It is now however fifteen years...

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Making the Grade by Ivor Davies & Guy Wat…

MAKING THE GRADE A guide to appearance grading UK grown hardwood timber Authors: Ivor Davies & Guy Watt I am proud to be part of the UK forest industry. Sitting on my desk is the new hardwood appearance-grading guide, which compares more than favourably with the equivalent French and American guides and considering the size of their resource...

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"Champion Trees of Britain & Ireland…

Book Review by Peter Savill CHAMPION TREES OF BRITAIN & IRELAND Owen Johnson (editor). Champion trees of Britain and Ireland. Whittet Books Ltd, Hill Farm, Stonham Rd, Cotton, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4RQ. 2003. Pp 192. 30 x21 cm. ISBN 1-873580-61-4. Price £25, or £17.50 (excluding postage) to Woodland Heritage members. This book lists historic, large, rare and remarkable trees...

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Ben Law's 'Roundwood Timber Framing'

Roundwood Timber Framing by Ben Law
 
 

 

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East Meon in Hampshire provided an appropriate venue to celebrate both building with roundwood timber and the launch of Ben Law’s new book - Roundwood Timber Framing.

East Meon features some of England’s oldest standing timber-framed buildings some of which have provided continuous domestic accommodation since the early 14th century.

Author and roundwood timber-framer Ben Law invited the Duchess of Norfolk to cut the ceremonial ivy garland ribbon to declare the new Sustainability Centre Woodland Classroom building open. This roundwood building stands in a woodland setting and Lawson Cypress timbers cut from that woodland were employed by Ben Law to construct the classroom building.

The book provides a highly illustrated insight into Ben’s development and promotion of the concept of building using roundwood timber i.e. tree trunks that have neither been hewn or sawn. Apparently this results in timbers being up to 50% stronger in service since none of the fibres of the wood have been cut by a timber conversion process.

As the owner of a woodland that has blocks of Larch, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar (all of which were planted by Kenneth Rankin ­founder of the Economic Forestry Group) I find myself keen to examine any application that will potentially allow me to fell and employ these trees in a manner that both respects and takes full advantage of the properties of those trees and this appears to be Ben’s earnest aim.

The book is not a standard “how to self build” reference book. Instead, Ben has selected and drawn many photographic examples from his growing catalogue of completed roundwood building commissions that include woodland based houses, barns, shops & now a classroom !

As a Chartered Engineer with a Master’s degree in timber building conservation I find myself questioning some of the practices illustrated in the book but apparently that is no bad thing. One of Ben’s declared aims is to draw architects and engineers into discussion in order to help formulate an acceptable roundwood building recipe or code of practice that will help obviate the need and cost incurred by roundwood builders in having to employ professional input into the design, construction, testing and inspection of roundwood buildings. I’m in!
The book is published by Permanent Publications (ISBN 978-1-85623-041-4) and is priced at £19.99 in hardback form [162 colour pages - 215 x 250] and is well worth the investment.

Ken Hume B.Sc. M.Sc. P.Eng. C.Eng. M.I.Mech.E.
September 2010

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