Early Medieval timber work

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A look at early medieval wood work techniques with evidence from documents, and archaeological finds. A team from the East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership demonstrate their skillls in turning round logs into square timber. http://woodlands.co.uk

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Most of the roof beams in my parent's house were reused hewn timber!

Leif Vejby

July 5, 2017

why should we? we may need the past one day

zak loxray

July 9, 2017

I think they may be building a Trojan Rabbit!

Chris Daugherty

August 24, 2017

Even the most strapped peasant under the manorial system worked less and owed less than modern Americans, who work to pay off debt to banks their entire lives. Remember, the religious calendar gave people around 160-180 holidays per year.

Michael Hall

December 22, 2017


Dino Hauska

February 18, 2018

The log should be closer to the ground. All this work was done with great consideration of gravity and efficiency in handling. Putting the log up on benches might be alright for demonstration viewing by a crowd, but it would be a waste of time, energy, and resources in a production environment. The fellow in grey at about 3:43 has it right. The gal toeard the back is struggling with swinging the axe over the log.

Rick Schuman

April 6, 2018

I've watched the carpenters at Guedelon, France, using this method to make beams. They are building a 'new' 13 century castle there, using just the methods and materials of that era. https://www.guedelon.fr/


April 18, 2018

In 1420 the Hall of Supreme Harmony was completed as part of the gigantic palace of 9,999 rooms called the Forbidden City. In this main royal hall there are 6 rows of 72 pillars made up of logs from the Pheobe Zhennan tree found in the jungles of southwestern China. These trees grow to a height of 98 ft tall. The great hall itself with the roof is around 115 ft high. It was the tallest building for centuries in the city of Beijing. The whole place complex has a roof system built of special interlocking pieces of wood with no nails or dowels. This has enabled the structure to survive countless earthquakes for the past 500 years.

Paul Deland

April 22, 2018

Do you mean a chalk line? I really cant stand your kind but i like the videos.


May 25, 2018

Why is Peter Jackson in this?


June 18, 2018


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