Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:19

Over the years the TFEC has accumulated an impressive and helpful library of standards, technical bulletins, research papers, and articles that are available online for study and reference. You can click through the website for hours gleaning information and honing your knowledge of timber engineering, all thanks to a dedicated yet small group of engineer/authors.  But if you are a novice engineer or are a veteran who has found your way to the TFEC as a resource for adding traditional timber frame design to your skillset, I recommend starting with the Journal.  Timber Framing, the Journal of the Timber Framers Guild has been in publication since the guild's inception, and it contains an incredible wealth of knowledge on every aspect of timber framing, including structural engineering of course.  Nearly everything our colleagues in the Guild have discovered, learned, and created has been documented in the Journal, and if you explore back issues chronologically you can experience over thirty years of figuring out what we know today.  When I was an apprentice at the Heartwood School, and the Guild headquarters was just down the road, we were given a hard copy of almost every back issue of the Journal for free.  What a gift!  Ten years later, I am still reading new material whenever I have a free moment.  Recently, in a push to further round-out my knowledge of timber engineering, I started from the beginning and set a goal to read every engineering article in order over the month of August.  I own probably 100 of the 128 issues published to date, so I couldn't locate every engineering article indexed, but I was able to read the bulk of them aside from the earliest issues.  Through this exercise I was able to learn alongside the guild through the years from authors Ben Brungraber, Ed Levin, Tom Nehil, Dick Schmidt, and others.  It's no surprise that these engineers are the reoccurring contributors to the Journal.  If you want to start with a thorough and straight-forward introduction to timber engineering, read Tom's articles (also from co-author Amy Warren) on "Basic Design Issues in Timber Framing".  For analysis and technical insight on specific engineering challenges like joint or truss design, dig into anything by Ed Levin.  His series on truss analysis in conjunction with Jack Sobon's series on Historic American Roof Trusses was certainly a well-choreographed highlight.  Dick Schmidt and Rob Erikson's research on laterally loaded timber frames, documented over five issues, was very informative.  And of course a history of discovering timber engineering would never be complete without a plethora of miscellaneous engineering (and otherwise) articles from Ben Brungraber.  A reoccurring theme through the years was peg strength and tension joinery design, and Joe Miller's definitive article on the subject "Capacity of Pegged Connections" in issue 95, complete with calculation guide was a satisfying conclusion.  A digital archive of Timber Framing is available at the Guild store for only $175, and it includes a searchable version of every single issue.  For information on any timber framing subject, I highly recommend adding the complete Journal to your library.  For a complete list of articles by subject or author, see the Guild website for an index. 

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