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This article is the first in a series to discuss and illustrate the form, function and joinery of American timber-framed roof trusses of the past, showing typical examples with variations. The series was developed from original research under a grant from the National Park Service and the National center for Preservation Technology and Training.

The article appeared in Timber Framing: Journal of the Timber Framers Guild: No. 69, September, 2003.

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