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Reviews of Masterworks
'Since reading Masterworks I can never look at a timber-frame building again without being grateful to Nigel Pennick for all I have learnt from the wealth of data in this valuable book.'
'Pennick's latest work is a fascinating look at construction principles in our part of the world, looking at how building and related crafts have developed historically and practically. For anyone interested in vernacular architecture, this is a valuable addition to the literature, ranging from styles of substantial architecture to techniques redeployed in railway wagons, and taking in developments in the Arts and Crafts Movement up to the present day.'
'There is much wrong with this modern world from the traditional viewpoint, not least is the way we build things; they simply will not last at all when compared with the way hundreds of years of traditionally built dwellings do. They are also unsightly in comparison, when even Prince Charles has had occasion to comment upon, to his credit. Masterworks will tell the reader why and will astound with its detailed and careful descriptions of the various techniques involved in building in former times (and, happily, to some extent today).
'Masterworks is a glorious tour through the traditional building techniques of north-western Europe. Pennick is an able historian, aware of his post-modern historiography but unwilling to throw the baby of knowledge out with the bath water of textual analysis.
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