Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Shiver Me Timbers!

The historic yeoman farmer's house Townend, in the village of Troutbeck, was recently extensively restored after wet rot was discovered in the structural timbers.
Under instruction from Stephen Haigh, Buildings Archaeologist, we cut out sections from the old timber so that a dendrochronologist could analyse them at a later date.
Simply put, Dendrochronology is the scientific method of dating wood through the analysis of the patterns of tree rings aka growth rings.

Hopefully it can be determined in which year the timber was felled... thus giving a valuable insight into the history of this wonderful house.

In the images above Stephen Haigh has chalked the sections of wood to be cut out for the dendrochronologist to examine.
The timbers removed from Townend have been labelled  to indicate in which part of the house they were used for during its construction.
A cut through a comparatively sound section of wood...
...in contrast this one is rotten for much of its length!
'Chain Saw Carnage'!
Stephen Haigh's liaison with the dendrochronologist has resulted in these samples being cut from the timber. Meticulously labelled, they are to be sent away for analysis.

This was one of the more unusual jobs we have been involved with!

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