Timber framing is the modern term for the traditional half-timbered construction in which timber provides a visible skeletal frame that supports the whole building. Usually assembled in a series of bents, held together by horizontal members called girts. The timbers may be joined by traditional carved wood joinery or by metal hardware.
Timber frame is the construction of frame structures using large, heavy, wood members, specifically lumber 5 in. (13 cm) or more in the least dimension. The term implies stylistic features of a heavy nature. The heavy visible frames of interior and exterior walls are filled in with nonstructural material, typically 2x frame walls. Timber framing found its highest expression in the Tudor Style.