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Month: November 2016

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Blue Skies and Cup Joints!

Today began with a hard frost and clear skies.  The sun has given us warmth on this almost breezless day – perfect working conditions! The team has continued with yesterday’s tasks and the Sill Beam frame is now jointed and waiting to be placed in the ground.  The lap joints at both corners have been offered up and trimmed to ensure a tight fit.             It is impressive to see volunteer learning curves climb so…

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Sill Beams

Another clear and bright day on site with a biting easterly wind that chills the fingers rapidly! Today has seen the continuation of work on the sill beams for the eastern end of the building.  These large timbers are being jointed using simple lap joints to form strong corners.  Eventually they will be mortised to take large tenons from the corner posts that will lock everything in place. It is important that these joints are well fitted to provide the…

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Week 2 Begins!

Week 2 has started with bright and clear weather forecast for the coming days. The geophysical survey has been completed with no obvious signs of features beneath our construction area.  We are waiting to hear for the final go ahead before we begin putting timbers in the ground. The new site hut is practically complete with the electrics going in today.  It will provide a warm and civilised location for tea breaks over the coming years – many thanks to…

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Coppicing Starts

History@Work The History@Work weekend was productive as usual, providing another opportunity to use authentic processes to achieve some real results around the site. Jobs included painting, daubing, building a second lime kiln in preparation for making quicklime, opus walling in the Roman building, thatching the Mesolithic building, blacksmithing, and making bone and antler tool handles.   The usual workforce was complemented by a group of students led by Linda Hurcombe  from the University of Exeter, who provided valuable extra help….

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