I wanted to share some photos from my summer vacation with you… A few weeks ago I drove past Ft. Ross on a Northern CA road trip.
Fort Ross is a CA state part and historic Russian colony. It is actually a fort, with huge fortified walls, towers, and cannons pointed out in every direction.
What caught my eye was the amazing joinery used in large scale all over the fort. I suppose a fort is something you would want to build as strong as possible, and they used tried and true joinery methods.
Most of the fort has been recreated (using a lot of the original timbers) but in the visitors center there was photos of the original fort and it is identical.
The first thing that caught my eye was the kiosk where you pay to enter the park:
I said, “Hey, those are DOVETAILS!”
Here is the outer wall of the fort. I think it was about 20 feet tall:
Look closer at the wall: Pegged mortise and tenon joinery…
One of four corner towers:
Here is the water well (more dovetails):
Here is the outside of the largest building, the “stronghold…”
From the outside wall, you can see where the tenons of the inner wall come through:
Here is that wall from the inside:
Here is how they splice the timbers together (scarf joint) when they need them longer:
Here is what the upper corner of any door or window looks like:
Here is the window from the outside:
I forget what this is (pegged through mortise and tenon)...
Check out this door (tapered sliding dovetail):
Window shutter (tapered sliding dovetail):
Stair railing (pegged half-lap joinery):
Ladder (pegged dovetails):
Even the latch on the door has some seriously complex joinery:
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