Re: [MedievalSawdust] Cooper's Information Find
- On Wed, June 25, 2008 8:21 am, kjworz@... wrote:
> The exposed beams and joists are wonderful example of timber frameThat's so cool. I envy those of you who live in the East or Europe. I've
> construction. There is bark still on the unworked sides, extensive use
> of adz and broad axe, and your standard mortise and tenon work. If you
> havent noticed or taken a look, it may be worth your while. While
> probably only 100 years old, timber frame methods havent changed much in
> 900 years. I want to make a closer look at the tool marks, myself.
> Changes over time have even left unused mortises to study, the tenon part
> long gone.
been in the oldest house in the Northwest--it was put up in 1837, with
machine -made nails and clapboards from the local sawmill. I told a
Turkish friend from Istanbul about the visit, and he told me his family
had cobwebs in the basement that were older than that.
The only timber-frame originals I know of to explore around here are a few
surviving Indian buildings, and they're all a long ways north of me. huge
and impressive work though, like Stonehenge in timber. They did some nice
mortice and tenon work, also tongue and groove, saddle notching and sewn
joints for edge-to-edge work. On a smaller scale, their three-board
chests are unique. The four sides are a single kerfed cedar plank, with
the seams pegged or sewn, and all tight enough to hold water.