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Art of the timber framer

Art of the timber framer


Exposure Date: 2012:09:20 10:32:58;
Make: Leica Camera AG;
Model: M8 Digital Camera;
ExposureTime: 1/250 s;
ISOSpeedRatings: 160;
ExposureProgram: Manual;
MeteringMode: CenterWeightedAverage;
Flash: 8;
FocalLength: 0 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Macintosh;


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The old house was undergoing demolition that exposed its square log

structure. They often say that old timber frames resemble ships. If this one

does, it is due mainly to the 21mm lens I used. Thanks for looking and

your comments are always appreciated.

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This is a fine photo of an expertly done hand hewn log cabin.  I live in a timber frame home and they are quite different.  The photos are excellent and I enjoyed them. This particular style of notching is very difficult and superbly executed, as are the photos.

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Thank you Sandy. I hope that the building will be reconstructed elsewhere and live on. So many around here are being taken apart to simply satisfy the need for retro basement decoration, creating swish hotel lobby ambiance, or as elements for reconstitution of other similar buildings (a better use in my humble opinion). Prior to mass availability of industrial saws, the squared beams or logs were roughly chisel and axe cut (an aspect of their beauty, nonetheless) but in some cases expertly jointed like this one. The only other work of this quality I have recently seen was in a Loire valley chateau's timber frame restoration, where equally fine incisions were made in the repaired and jointed pieces. But they no doubt had a larger budget than this timberman.  


One role of photography is to open up our consciousness to these creations. 

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For me, those  geometrical corners, wood or  stone, is  magical. However, I would remove the  little pice  of  door frame  at the right side of the image. It is a non important  little thing  . A very good graphic  image indeed.


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Good observation, Bela. It is a cropped image so it wouldn't be bad to go back and reframe it slightly. I like the central composition to highlight the craftsman's art. It is also more graphic than the same photo in colour. 

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Bela, I forgot to mention to you that the image also includes another very small part of the dismantled roof structure in the upper left corner. Both it and the door frame to the extreme right are very small visual elements in comparison to the principal subject of the beauty of the carpenter's joints and the axe cut log texture. Perhaps these very minor elements, like the small stone foundation presence below, tell us that this is a building, and not some other structure? 

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