I’ve wanted to put these photos up for a while. In October we stumbled across a ruined barn inbetween Llanbedr and Harlech in North Wales (SH 587290). I was staggered by the gorgeous simplicity – and by modern standards, audacity – of this roof truss. Pegged oak branches, forks and all, of unthinkably small dimension. There was one other which had fallen, but this one has stood strong not only during the life of the building but also through the collapse of the roof. Astounding.
It makes me wonder how much the status-linked increases in dimension of building timbers has influenced our understanding of necessary dimension for function. There is a movement for small dimension round-timber framing, led by Ben Law and many others, and I understood that philosophy in the moment that I saw this barn.