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#1 posted 07-19-2007 05:23 PM

Now that is what I call a major woodworking project. And to think, they put it together and take it apart each year. Great story Jojo.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 07-19-2007 05:28 PM

fascinating. and yes, noticed the precision of the ropes right away.


I could use some of that :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 07-19-2007 05:41 PM

Do the maths Bill, 9 big ones + 23 smaller x more than 1100 years doing it… That’s what I call production work!

The level of discipline in this country is shocking Debbie, just keep in mind that too much of a good thing…

Thank you for your kind comments guys. It’s nice to see that the time and effort I put in gathering all this is not in vain.

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#4 posted 07-19-2007 06:28 PM

These are great posts Jojo. I’ve always been a fan of asian architecture and furniture. I’ve been thinking of building a cedar log pergola in my backyard and thought of using rope to secure the joints. Now thats definitely how I’ll do it.

BTW, I love the history and culture you add to your posts, great reading.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 07-19-2007 08:40 PM

That is awesome. Do they try and reuse the rope each year too, or is it all new rope each year?

I am impressed with this type of joinery.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#6 posted 07-20-2007 02:51 AM

Hi Jojo;
—-actually I did start counting some of the rope in that fourth picture….14, 10, 2 crossing 2 more and 14!

So many variations of the mortise and tenon joint and then there’s the half lap, looks like some of these guys do timber framing during the year….also that’s great what you said there about respecting the wood. Kind of like saying, ‘respect the wood and the wood will work for and with you’....

Again another great story and photos.

Question time, in the last photo, is that a wedge put through the wheel hub on the axle there?
I also notice what appears to be wood joints at the tops of ‘every two spokes’ before the spokes go into the wheel….where the wheel meets at the inside of the mortise and tenon, can you explain? (Referring to pictures #5 and #6)

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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