7000 year old mortise and tenons

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I know I’m breaking a cardinal rule here, it’s not MY project but it is wood! I thought some of you might like to read about some old tools and methods. These 7000 year old mortise and tenon joints were found in Germany and it is a good article though a bit lengthy. Some of you lumberjocks might like to read about doing things by hand with stone and bone tools and a Neolithic Tool Kit!

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 01:09 PM

Cardinal rules be damned….thanks for the most interesting share of 2014. Speaking of Cardinals, Louisville lost to FSU last night. Thanks again for sharing the old through-mortise joints…amazing !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 01:28 PM

Thanks porch!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 01:31 PM

That is some interesting stuff. I’d say back then wood workers had arms of steel (not tools of steel)! We may be a bit spoiled by our fancy table saws and such. I marvel at wood workers today that use only hand tools, planes, chisels and hand saws. Thanks for sharing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 02:14 PM

It is wood and damned interesting, so I say thanks for the post. Besides, there have been recent posts that contained no wood whatsoever, so I’m not sure there are any Cardinal rules anymore—at least any that are strenuously observed and enforced.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-31-2014 02:30 PM

THAT IS AWESOME! Thank you for the article.

-- I am a novice, wanting more than a hobby, but to be a carpenter.

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 03:52 PM

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike Funke

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#7 posted 10-31-2014 04:14 PM

Because it’s about the process, rather than the final product. If I die before I complete my first ‘henge, so what!

< / only a little snarky>

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#8 posted 10-31-2014 04:52 PM

Wow, amazing….....

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 10-31-2014 05:03 PM

This was a great read, thanks for sharing. (Forum topic or Blog post next time maybe though?)

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#10 posted 10-31-2014 06:46 PM

Wow, this is awesome!


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#11 posted 10-31-2014 07:05 PM

Thats what vorsprung Durch Technique really means LOL

I worked for five years in a large dental clinic IN Deutschland .Whilst there Bronwen and I with our then two very small sons saw some marvellous things. The previous generations of German Folk used to make water and sewer pipes from solid tree trunks hollowed out, It was done seemingly with red hot irons and hard work.I saw many old houses being bought by museums and also individuals too.These were carefully taken apart and the frames of timber,still in many cases in beautifully preserved condition.Every piece of the wood frame was photographed and marked with a system of numbers so it could be rebuilt.This was carried out sometimes many years later.
We saw a site where there were hundreds of old house frames were laid out to be rebuilt in the future for a walking round kind of museum.This was turned into old villages and all the houses buildings were rebult as they once stood albeit in a new area,all was measurted exactly and conserved for future generations to learn about their forefathers. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 10-31-2014 07:12 PM

Fascinating read, Thanks for sharing!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#13 posted 10-31-2014 11:08 PM

Agree with palaswood, great article, very cool! Should be posted as a blog or forum post especially given the focus on methods.

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#14 posted 11-01-2014 12:22 AM

it’s actually kinda humbling but inspiring to read this – thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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#15 posted 11-01-2014 11:14 AM

Very interesting.

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