Uncover one of the essential elements of traditional Scottish building construction: the use of timber from the medieval period to the present.
This module provides a technical overview of timber as a building material – whether in an interior or exterior, structural or ornamental context. Timber’s fundamental physical properties in relation to natural weathering and decay processes are studied, as is its resilience to man-made damage or interference.
You will explore the use of timber in a wide range of traditional Scottish structures, from coarse cruck-roof structures to fine internal decoration. As well as timber’s predominant use as structural material, it is the material of choice for common building features such as windows, door sets and staircases.
Discover the many challenges faced in the repair and conservation of timber – particularly how to source suitable and sustainable replacement material. You will find out how to plan repairs in line with conservation principles, from initial survey and diagnosis to on-site installation. An important aspect of this is learning how to identify timber types, to enable the matching of replacement material.