French Oak is There but At What Cost?
The fire at Notre Dame in Paris is just heartbreaking. As a woodworker (heck, as a human being) seeing such an amazing example of architecture destroyed hurts my heart deeply. The craftsmanship built into that structure boggles the mind and the impact it had on millions of people cannot be overstated. Today we start to look at the future and how it can be rebuilt. From a lumber perspective this raises a great many questions. The French Oak of Notre Dame is massive in the size of each individual timber as well as the number used. Is it even possible to replace them?
This episode focuses on the species French Oak (Quercus robur) and a bit more about its working properties, its availability, and the not so lovely truths about the trade around it. I discuss some of the history of the timbers involved in building the cathedral and discuss whether or not it is even possible to replace those original parts. More importantly, is it the right thing to do. This episode raises more questions than answers. I would love to hear from the listeners on their thoughts about the reconstruction and what modern methods could be employed. Is it possible while maintaining the historical impact and accuracy?
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