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Carpenter’s markings or carpentry symbols.

Johann Carl Friedrich FAEHRMANN


"Zimmerer-Werkzeichen = Carpenter’s markings or carpentry symbols"  This article provides a visuals of the numerous 'carpenters marks'  found on red gum beams in homes, attics & barns in the Friedrichstadt, Paechtown, Hahndorf & Blakiston area.  It then provides a comparison of the many homes in the Tangermünde area which share the same symbols, still visible after 260 years.





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Zimmerer-Werkzeichen = Carpenter’s markings or carpentry symbols.

358. Wie kennzeichnet man die einzelnen Hölzer?

  • How do you identify individual types of wood.

359. Wie werden die Verbandshözer der Binder gekennzeichnet?

  • How are the structural Timbers of the truss marked?

Mit römanischen Zahlen, und zwar beginnt man links und nummeriert fortlaufend nach rechts =

  • Using Roman numerals, starting from the left and numbering consecutively to the right.

Die Verbandshölzer der Binder erhalten außer der römischen Zahl noch. Stiche in der Welse, daß alle Hölzer.

  • The structural timbers of the truss, in addition to the Roman numeral, also receive notches in the web so that all the timbers……

Des 1. Binders = of the first truss


South Australian Fachwerk 2019

Carpenters marks in red gum, interior & exterior timbers of a Fachwerk barn built near Hahndorf, off Darby Road, South Australia.






Rohrbeck, Dorfstraße, Altmark, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, Germany 2023







Groß Ellingen, Altmark, Alte Heerstraße






Groß Ellingen, Altmark, Alte Heerstraße






Groß Ellingen, Altmark, Alte Heerstraße.








Werben, Fabianstraße

Old barn Werben, Marktplatz.






Stendal, 37 Alte Dorf








Jerichow, Altmark, Sachsen-Anhalt, Lindenstraße.