People use the terms “post and beam” interchangeably with”timber framing.” This is, actually, just fine with me. At least they are speaking of something that I love. For the record, I consider the distinction between the two to lie in the joinery used and the knee braces. Simple post and beam structures have been built for centuries and have been held together with all sorts of simple (toenailed spikes) and esoteric (hemp macramé wrapping) connection techniques. All the timbers in a wooden structure; posts, beams, braces, rafters, etc. are subject to interesting treatments – in material, orientation, or application.