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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Presents: Hand Hewn, Jack Sobon Reflects on the Craft of Timber Framing Zoom Lecture

October 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm


Jack Sobon’s book, Hand Hewn, is a gorgeous celebration of the traditions and artistry of timber-frame building, a 7,000-year-old craft that holds an enduring attraction for its simple elegance and resilience. The Essex Library continues its Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, focusing this year on home and garden design, on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. with internationally renowned timber-frame architect and craftsman Jack A. Sobon. He will offer a fascinating look at how the natural, organic forms of trees become the framework for a home, with profiles of the classic tools he uses to hand hew and shape each timber, and explanations of the engineering of the wooden joinery that connects the timbers without a single nail. Sobon will illustrate the history of this enduring craft, the beauty and proportion of preindustrial craftsmanship, the appeal of vernacular architecture, and the relevance of timber framing today.

Jack Sobon is an architect and craftsman specializing in timber framed buildings.  Since 1980 he has devoted his life to understanding the craft of timber framing.  Using only traditional hand tools and working right from the forest, he has framed and erected over 50 structures.  As an architect, he consults on historic structures and designs new timber framed structures.  He was a founding director of the Timber Framer’s Guild and founder of the Traditional Timber Frame Research and Advisory Group, an offshoot of the Guild.  He has four books to his credit and has taught over sixty all hand tool workshops.

This Essex Library virtual talk via Zoom is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For more information please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 or, to register, see the Adult Featured Events page on the Library’s website at https://www.youressexlibrary.org/ 



October 16, 2020
7:00 pm
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