Although timber framing is related to log home construction, it is not the same building method. The similarities of exposed large or heavy timbers is analogous, but the process of erecting and joining wood is much different. With timber frame construction, beams are as a rule, mortised together with wooden pegs performing the same function as metal fasteners (nails) to lock the posts and beams in place. Logs are stacked and angles or corners are joined in a number of different ways from dovetails and notches to coped recesses.
In traditional timber framed structures, the space between the timbers were filled with wattle-and-daub, or brick or rubble and plaster applied on the faces of both the inside and exterior walls. Wainscoting was often added for additional insulation. This look is known as a “half-timbered” style.
Unlike related “stick building” methods, with a timber frame structure, the skeleton of the building remains exposed and becomes the focal point versus being covered with drywall, paneling or siding. Authentic timber framed buildings are considered to be art in the truest definition of the word.