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BibliographyLiterature on many aspects of timber framing can be found in the MOT library. Separate publications can be found on specific techniques such as squaring beams or splitting shingles. Much has been written about the work of the carpenter, both in recent and less recent times. It is difficult to give a quick overview of this. We therefore limit ourselves below to works that specifically deal with timber framing in Flanders. The literature on craftsmanship in our surrounding countries and elsewhere is too extensive to discuss here. This list serves as an introduction to the literature on Flemish half-timbered construction. For more specific questions you can always contact the MOT. (Tel.: +32 2 270 81 11 -  ARENDZEN G. en VRIEND J.J., Bouwkunde. Hand- en studieboek voor den bouwkundige en den timmerman. Deel I, Kosmos, Amsterdam, 1941. BAERT G.P., Lemen wanden II in Ons Heem, 19 (1965) 3, p 108. BEERTEN S., Onderzoek naar het vakwerkgebouw van de abdij van Herkenrode,...
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Half-timbered barn
Haf-timbered barn at the Tommenmolen Since when was there a barn on this spot? The mill building dates from the 16th century, but we do not know exactly when the first barn was built. The Ferraris map (late 18th century) shows for the first time a building on the exact site of the current barn. The barn is clearly depicted on maps and land register plans of the 19th century. What did the original barn look like? We know this thanks to paintings, etchings and photographs from the first half of the 20th century. It was a half-timbered barn with a thatched or straw roof. However, that barn has disappeared, perhaps in the late 1940s, early 1950s, presumably after a fire. Current half-timbered barn Until 1977, the current barn stood on a yard on Veldkant street, about 500 meters from the Tommenmolen. At the initiative of the municipal council of Grimbergen and with the help of the Bokrijk open-air museum, the barn was fully measured, photographed and dismantled. The wooden framework went to...
half-timbered sheepfold
Half-timbered sheepfold
Timber framing
Timber framing on film Are you interested in the technology of building half-timbered structures and do you want to get started yourself? Then you're at the right place! The MOT has a long history of documenting and passing on knowledge about half-timbered construction. We work together with experienced professionals who have completed a master-apprentice program with us. We also teach half-timbering to others. Since 2017 we have been offering a timber framing internship for adults, where participants work on a real construction. Our internship was recognized as one of the inspiring examples for safeguarding intangible heritage in Flanders.  The interest in half-timberwork is clearly great and so is the demand for information. That is why the MOT decided to digitally register our own half-timbered construction projects. In this online guide we document on film step by step how half-timbered buildings are constructed in the traditional way, using only hand tools. This project is financially...
Bee hall
Bee hall at the Liermolen
Winnowing barn
Winnowing barn at the Liermolen