This video details a (successful) experiment that attempts to recreate the 13 meter long rafters of a medieval church spire by splitting a felled tree into eight pieces and hewing the wedge-shaped pieces into rectangles using only recreated medieval tools.
It was a bit chillier than expected, and a lot less sunny than hoped for, so we were not able to spread out into the driveway. In spite of the weather, we did manage to get a lot of work done under cover in the garage, much more than one person could have done safely alone, so thanks to everybody who was able to make it. We did a bunch of cutting and shaping to make pieces. Next steps involve cutting joinery onto the pieces, which means a lot of marking of the locations for that joinery first.
The Woodworking Guild’s next planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd from 7pm to 9pm at the Panera in Oakland.
The next Woodworking Guild shop day is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd, but the time and location has yet to be determined.