Origins of the Timber Roof
Chapter one explains the importance of the timber roof used in medieval British
particular focus on the creator of the Westminster Hall roof, Hugh Herland, and the various joints used at the time by British carpenters.
Tools of the Medieval Era
Chapter two looks at the tools used by carpenters and joiners in the medieval era to the
Furniture Forms of the Medieval Era
Chapter three discusses what furniture looks like during the medieval era and how the
social structure influences both the design and use of furniture.
Chapter four focuses on how, in the woodworking trade guilds, a man commits himself to a
craftsman as an apprentice for a period of years in training to become either a carpenter or joiner -- or a craftsman in a related trade.
Furniture Forms of the Low Countries
Chapter five gives an account about how during the Renaissance the furniture designs of
Classical world -- ancient Greece and Rome -- travel north to France, the Low Countries, and Germany before their importation into Britain. In this almost glacial process, it is in the Low Countries -- today these nations are known as The Netherlands and Belgium -- where the greatest infusion of both design ideas and importation of furniture forms occurs.
British Furniture Forms of the Renaissance
Chapter six explores the evolution of British furniture and how it is closely
the evolution of the joiner.