Obama in Westminster (not)

If you are watching the american president on the telly delivering a speech in Westminster Hall take a look if you can at the roof. It is one of the great medieval roofs, a carved oak hammerbeam structure spanning 70ft.
It's suprisingly difficult to find a good picture of it for you. If I find one I will post it, but the Hammerbeam structure is used where no single timber is long enough to span the roof, and there are no intermediate arcades and columns. It was designed and constructed without engineering and calculation, but by the craft tradition, experience and experiment.
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This is about the best I can find:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/uk_parliament/3172946061/in/photostream /
It is quite a piece of work. TBH I don't think anyone could build it again now, not for any money, not for any number of suits with clipboards and laptops, Not unless you started by growing the trees while you trained carpenters from boyhood.
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"Tim W" wrote:

------------------------------- Impressive.
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wrote:

Wow, unreal!

Sure someone could. It would be hell to find the trees, though, so substitutes might be required.
-- Education should provide the tools for a widening and deepening of life, for increased appreciation of all one sees or experiences. It should equip a person to live life well, to understand what is happening around him, for to live life well one must live life with awareness. -- Louis L'Amour
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Wow. Just imagine the labor time to make something like that.
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wrote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammerbeam
Truely amazing.
-Zz
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There is a worthwhile bit of a book on Japanese monumental architecture somewhat appropriate here. A particular historical Imperial edifice sustained fatal fire damage in the a few dacades ago.
The species of slow-growth wood in the size appropriate for the lost beams was commercially unknown, posing a significant dilemma for restorationists; until. When they looked up at an nearby part of the estate, they discovered the builders, centuries past, had the foresight to plant trees of the species which were by then more than sufficient to supply the timbers needed. That is planning and perspective.
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On Thu, 26 May 2011 13:54:55 -0700, "Edward Hennessey"

Speaking of planning and perspective, this just in via email:
Brilliant in its simplicity... A. Back off and let those men who want to marry men, marry men. B. Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women. C. Allow those folks who want to abort their babies, abort their babies. D. In three generations, there will _be_ no Democrats. Damn! - I love it when a plan comes together...
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