A good and proper hovel

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A good and proper hovel

Postby Kortoso » Mon May 18, 2020 3:37 am

Apologies if this has been shared previously. I initially looked askance at this due to their reliance on long saws, but otherwise, it's a lovely and reasonable reconstruction of what a Saxon or early medieval house would have looked like.
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Re: A good and proper hovel

Postby Iodo » Mon May 18, 2020 7:21 am

cool, thanks for the link :P
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Re: A good and proper hovel

Postby Elleth » Mon May 18, 2020 10:28 am

Oh very cool! I've followed some of their other things, but must have missed this one.

Regarding long saws... hunh. I'd not thought on that. I mean, they must have used *something* as they had all kinds of wood construction.

I see Daegrad and Regia postulate that "H" frame saw design that persisted straight into Pa Ingle's day. I don't recall if artifacts have been recovered, but Regia says they're in manuscripts. In fact, this is interesting:

Most of the 'roughing out' and shaping was done with axes and adzes. The saw has obvious advantages. It can cut out a straight piece of timber every time, splitting can result in planks that are twisted etc. But the trouble with saws was that they were very expensive and difficult to maintain and make. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, only 13 saws were recorded in the kingdom. These were probably large saws for what is called 'ripping' down the beam of timber to create planks, as much smaller bow saws are routinely shown in manuscripts.

I ASSUME those ripping saws were not unlike the pit saws use in our own American colonial era. That would have been a heck of a lot of iron in one place - no wonder they were rare!
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Re: A good and proper hovel

Postby Peter Remling » Mon May 18, 2020 12:37 pm

I had known how these were constructed but seeing one being built is an entirely different thing. I wouldn't have thought of converting a sheath knife into a draw knife. Very simple yet out of the box for me. Thanks for posting it was very informative.
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Re: A good and proper hovel

Postby TaylorSteiner » Mon May 18, 2020 11:07 pm

Wow amazing!
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Re: A good and proper hovel

Postby Haradir » Mon May 18, 2020 11:34 pm

One day I will own land and that is the day I will go crazy building things like this.

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