The first guide to timber framing written specifically for beginners! Expert Will Beemer takes you through the entire process from start to finish, beginning with timber sourcing and ending with a finished building. Using full-color photos, detailed drawings, and clear step-by-step instructions, Beemer shows you exactly how to build one small (12ʹ x 16ʹ) timber-frame structure — suitable for use as a cabin, workshop, or studio. He also explains how to modify the structure to suit your needs and location by adding a loft, moving doors or windows, changing the roof pitch, or making the frame larger or smaller. You’ll end up with a beautiful building as well as solid timber-framing skills that you can use for a lifetime.

Book details

  • Price: $24.95
  • Other formats: Product
  • Size: 8.25 x 9.25
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781612126685

Will Beemer


Will Beemer is a founding member of the Timber Framers Guild and served as Co-Executive Director for 11 years. He’s been a builder for over 40… See Bio

Jack A. Sobon


Jack A. Sobon is an architect and builder specializing in timber-framed buildings. A founding director of the Timber Framer’s Guild of North America and founder… See Bio

Take A Look

  • Learn what makes timber framing distinctive.

  • How to acquire and use local lumber.

  • How to handle chisels, saws, and other tools properly.

  • Up-close photos and instructive diagrams for every step of building.

  • Detailed project directions for a 12 x 16-foot timber frame.

  • Variations of the core project for modified sizes and other features.

  • A visual guide to raising the frame safely and efficiently.

Learn to Timber Frame

by Will Beemer and Jack A. Sobon

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