I guess the material depends on the news network.
cypress is a constant
Second layer is either lead or zinc, or just a lining of the outer casket.
Outer casket is either Walnut, Oak, or Elm. It may or may not be lined with
the above metal.
I believe over the last few years lead for fishing has been
transitioning over to some other conglomeration of metals. There was
concern over personal safety - how many adults and kids bite down on the
split shot to fix it to the line? - as well as wildlife ingestion... as
I recall those were the reasons.
Ceramic glazes had lead in 'em, that's for sure, and they stored in glazed
amphorae. Wine being acid - well, could be.
a fairly reasoned analysis.
Germans adulterated their whites with ethylene glycol to sweeten them, too.
Nothing's too weird for an oenophile.
I'm more inclined to think that entitlements of Roman Citizens and their
addiction to _them_ were more to blame for the decline of the leisure
Thanks. It was fun to make (in an odd highly-stressful sort of
Er ... not yet. :-) Haven't had a chance to do much fishing
recently, but that will be remedied soon. SWMBO and I are heading to
Sedona next week, so I'll get to flyfish Oak Creek a bit. Then in June
I'm off to North Carolina to flyfish for wild trout in and around the
I'll try to remember to get some pics of it in action. :-)
I noticed the same thing... Very nice dovetail joints, and the cypress will
last for a very long time. I didn't know about the outer shells in
lead/zinc and Elm. I would have expected it to be more ornate, but perhaps
the outer shells are -- still haven't seen them.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4424477.stm The link shows the
coffin being lowered into the crypt. Everyone seems agreed the inner coffin
is cypress but judging by the picture the whole thing can't be THAT heavy as
the coffin is suspended between two aluminium scaffold towers spanned with a
wooden beam as it's lowered into the crypt. So it can't be lead can it...?
so zinc. Difficult to say what the outer coffin is made of but it does look
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