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Borkur Jonsson
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Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
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Hi there
I just wanted to share this link with great pictures of timber framing styles from Norway.
This might very well be old news to most of you but Im exited so I will just post this anyway
They call it "stavbygg" wich  roughly means post or "post build". The structures made with this method are called grindbygg which means "frame build" since its based on making frames of posts and joist beams and then adding the roof structure as separate piece or rafters directly to frames. You can see both versions in there.
These naming conventions are a bit tricky and I might be getting it wrong. Any native speaking Norwegians on permies please correct me.
P.S Im Icelandic so not a native speaker of Norwegian although we can understand the gist of things being of same cultural heritage
In this link you see that the tie beams are connected to posts with a kind of lock which is quite a cool and elegant way  to get good strength in the whole structure. Is this method perhaps called a "tressle frame" in english?
The image noted with "stav-bete og svil" is the lock I am referring to. Lots of pictures of the build and other versions.
I found this when researching simple timber frame methods for a project Im working on based on the Icelandic turf houses. I have lots of experience in building the turf, turf block(klambra) and stone walls but the wood frame inside is what I want to solve in a new way.
P.S heres a nice article posted by Mitchell Fotheringham  I found on turf building in Iceland in english for those interested:
And just now I found this blog of Tara and Tyler that actually built their house with this method of framing and there is loads of information there on actual permie projects.  Very cool project:
And the specialist:

I hope this interests some of you as it does me.
Gail Moore
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Location: south central Appalachia, southwest Virginia, US zone 6/7
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This is very awe inspiriing, and encouraging. thank you so much for posting these links and photos.
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