WELCOME to Historic Building Geometry, Laurie Smith’s website.

Laurie Smith is a geometer and early-building design researcher, specialising in historic geometrical design systems. His research is recorded in a series of ebook articles that can be downloaded FREE from this site, plus a few printed paperback titles that are available for SALE – to view click eTITLES or printTITLES below.

The SHELTER photograph shows The Gardener’s Shelter erected in the walled Elizabethan paradise garden at Cressing Temple, Essex, in 2008 as the culmination of an educational historic timber framing project. Organised and run by the UK Carpenters’ Fellowship, the project attracted an international team of carpenters from Canada, the USA, Scandinavia, Holland, England and Wales.

The Shelter was designed using daisy wheel compass geometry, set out at full scale on the ground. The shelter’s frame was scribed, cut and raised manually in local oak under the guidance of lead carpenter Joel Hendry and project manager William Clement Smith. The frame was designed by Laurie Smith.

Lettering on the rear tie beam records A Frame for Cecil and Adrian, in memory of Essex historians Cecil Hewett and Adrian Gibson while the front tie beam, facing the garden, has the message Grow Beauty in The Garden of Your MInd. The words were written by Laurie Smith and the lettering was cut by Rupert Newman. William Clement Smith cut the daisy wheel at the roof ridge.

The project record is available either as a FREE download or as a printed paperback titled The Gardener’s Shelter at Cressing Temple. Click on the Titles links below.