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HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE

The techniques used in timber framing date back thousands of years. These techniques have been used in many parts of the world during various periods such as ancient Japan, Europe, and medieval England.

Half-timbered construction in the Northern European vernacular building style is characteristic of medieval and early modern England, Germany and parts of France, in localities where timber was in good supply, and building stone and stoneworking skills were in short supply. In half-timbered construction, timbers that were riven in half provided the complete skeletal framing of the building.

Some Roman-British villa site carpentry, preserved in anoxic layers of clay, demonstrate that Roman carpentry had all the sophisticated techniques for this type of construction. The earliest surviving (French) half-timbered buildings date from the 12th century. [Citation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_framing]

In the United States, and in Canada, the art of timber frame construction saw a revival in the 1970s, and is now experiencing a thriving renaissance: about 500,000 modern log homes currently exist in the United States and Canada, more than at any other time in history.

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