Before the 2x4: New England Framing Options to the Mid-19th Century

July 15, 2017 - July 15, 2017 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Historic Deerfield will offer a one-day program focusing on building framing technology used in New England to the mid-19th century. Throughout this time period various ways to erect a structure were practiced with variations occurring for reasons of local tradition, expediency, efficiency, and technology. The day will include Tad Baker exploring archaeological and documentary evidence for early earthfast structures, Jim Garvin reviewing myths and facts surrounding log and garrison construction, Jack Sobon discussing the move from scribe to square rule framing, Jan Lewandoski assessing vertical plank framing evolution, and Bill Flynt talking about the introduction of stack plank, or ribbon construction, in the second quarter of the 19th century. There will also be an opportunity to inspect samples of some of these forms of construction at a reception after the presentations.  

The cost to attend is $75 for members and $85 for non-members.  An optional box lunch will be available for purchase.  REGISTER ONLINE

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Refreshments

9 a.m.
Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Bill Flynt, Architectural Conservator, Historic Deerfield, Inc.

9:15 a.m.
Earthfast Construction in Early New Engalnd
Emerson W. Baker, Author and Professor, Salem State University

10 a.m.
A General Context for the Log House in New Hampshire
James Garvin, Architectural Historian

10:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m.
“The Great Improvements of the Age,” The Square Rule Changes the Craft of Timber Framing
Jack Sobon, Architect and Timber Framer

12 p.m.
Lunch (pre-paid optional box lunch or bring your own)

1:15 p.m.
Varieties of Vertical Plank Framing
Jan Lewandoski, Owner, Jan Lewandoski Restoration and Traditional Building

2 p.m.
Stacked Plank Construction in the Northeast
Bill Flynt, Architectural Conservator, Historic Deerfield, Inc.

3 p.m.
Reception at the Flynt Center

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