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Fachwerk in a general sense is a truss, that is, a framework that bears the weight of a building, usually made of wood (in more recent times also metal) (Building materials). It takes its name (literally “compartment work”) from the compartments (Gefache) contained within the timber fill in the frame and thus forming the walls. Fachwerk refers to a basic style of timber framing in wood construction, known in nearly all Europea…

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Bedal, Konrad, “Fachwerk”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019092>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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