Swiss Trip #4: Swiss woodwork and joinery

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 1192 days ago 2861 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With my construction background it was only natural for me to pay special attention to some of the unique construction techniques from years past.




This is a unfinished end of a house.

Oh yes, they do have lumber yards!


Some of the woodwork was beyond one’s imagination.






-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 1192 days ago

Great and interesting photos
Thanks for posting

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 1192 days ago

Wow a whole clamshell cut out a giant burl.

Some great looking construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 1192 days ago

Karson, can you imagine how much scraping and sanding there would have been. Ouch!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 1192 days ago

Wild woodwork!! How old are those houses?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 1192 days ago

Thanks for sharing your photos, hope to see that part of the world one day

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 1192 days ago

and by hand no less
some beautiful work

thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 1192 days ago

Those are old houses. LOVE IT !
Makes me wonder if the “crappy homes” we build today will last that many years ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 1191 days ago

Hi Roger,

Pretty amazing. You must have been like a kid in a candy store.

Great photos, too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1191 days ago

I’ve been in Switzerland many times, and I’m always at a loss for words at much of their architecture. Many years ago, we stayed in Ascona, a town on Lake Maggiore, at the Italian border, in a hotel that was 600 years old. The condition of it looked like brand new. The Oak doors leading into the rooms had to weigh 200 lbs. and looked like they were polished every day. Al the handrails on the stone staircases were brass and were polished every day.
When we would go out for dinner, the desk would give us a key to the main entrance, because they would close at 9PM and lock up for the night.

Everyone should tour Switzerland at least once in their life.
Roger, Thanks for the pictures.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#10 posted 1191 days ago

If you click on the link I provided, when the page opens, click on the “history”
It was built in the middle of the 12th century !
Interesting reading.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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