Barn roof truss, Welsh-style

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.

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9 Responses to Barn roof truss, Welsh-style

  1. blackbarkers says:

    Thanks! Though it’s easy to take good photos of beautiful places.

  2. Larry Armstrong says:

    What truss design is this called, anyone know?

  3. blackbarkers says:

    I think it’s traditionally called a Welsh Twig Truss. So basically I have no idea. Sorry!

  4. It’s called a collared or collar-beam truss. One of the simplest types, if the beam is at the bottom then it’s a tie-beam or simple tied truss.

  5. You’re welcome – sorry I hadn’t noticed the question when it was fresh! BTW, are you lot going to Sizergh on Saturday? If so I may see you, I’ll be on the CANW stand.

  6. blackbarkers says:

    I wish we could be there – but we’ve got a Todmorden Harvest Festival on Sunday and think we deserve a day of rest! Others may disagree…

  7. If the weather forecast is right, you may have made the wrong choice……

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