Roundwood Timber Framing

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Building naturally using local resources

Ben Law

Roundwood Timber Framing by designer, architect and woodsman Ben Law, is filled with detailed drawings and colour photographs that feature his beautiful and unique, low-impact roundwood buildings. Read how Ben has perfected the balance between environmental conservation and the use of renewable local resources through roundwood building, which utilises materials straight from the local forest and manages woodlots for sustainable materials for future projects.

Ben provides diagrams, photographs and descriptions of how a roundwood building utilises local trees from managed woodlots to form uniquely beautiful roundwood structures that are in balance with the landscape around them.

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Since building his famous Woodland House from his own woodland, author Ben Law has evolved his own style of natural building, now tried and tested on many other builds across England. Ben has built houses, workshops, a classroom, lean-tos, a shop and a store to industrial specifications. Whilst this style’s origins can be found in traditional forms of building, Ben has developed an entirely new vernacular using many innovative ideas and techniques.

Filled with detailed colour photographs and drawings, this unique and practical ‘how to’ book, is unquestionably a benchmark for sustainable building. Roundwood Timber Framing encourages communication between woodsmen, planners, architects and builders, and helps to close the loop between environmental conservation, use of renewable local resources and the regeneration and evolution of traditional skills, to create durable, ecological and beautiful buildings.

Ben is a now a much admired figure. His previous books have sold extremely well and this book, with its highly original and fascinating contribution to design and build, is set to capture the public’s imagination and desire to increasingly learn traditional crafts.

“Ben’s work is unique… He’s a 21st century woodsman, formulating a new building style based on the timber framing methods of his British ancestors, but incorporating new techniques and the realities of the present-day world.”  – Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter: Homework and Builders of the Pacific Coast

Product details

Published 2010
Permanent Publications
Hardback with 400 colour photographs, 168 pages. Size: 250mm x 220mm.
ISBN: 9781856230317


Ben Law trains apprentices and runs courses on sustainable woodland management, roundwood timber framing, coppice crafts, and permaculture design. He was a founding member of the Forest Stewardship Council. He also has worked for Oxfam as a permaculture consultant. He is the author of The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management and The Woodland House. He lives in West Sussex, UK. Law’s woodland house has been featured on The World’s Greenest Homes, a series of the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green.  Ben’s latest book is Roundwood Timber Framing, a full colour guide to his building techniques. His website is

Additional information

Weight .840 kg
Dimensions 250 × 220 × 18 mm

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