Ben Law has pioneered Roundwood timber framing in the United kingdom, through his passionate desire to see buildings constructed from local, sustainable materials. Ben set up and directed ‘The Roundwood Timber Framing Company’, and has built houses, shops, school buildings all from a local supply of renewable timber. Ben uses natural materials from the foundations through to the roof and manages much of the resource he builds from, through coppice management and continuous cover forestry techniques. Ben is now focusing on training others in Roundwood timber framing and keeping his building projects local, where he is specialising in unique bespoke small builds, garden retreats, studios, tree houses, outdoor kitchens and natural swimming pools.
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When I saw a picture of Ben’s round pole home with waney edged board siding in the West Sussex woods, I got a jolt. Once in a while, a building will just stop me in my tracks, where everything works to create a harmonious whole – design, materials, craftsmanship, siting. Here was such a creation. Here was a kindred spiritLloyd Kahn (Author of Shelter)