Medieval wood riving: Replacing a historic pine beam with primitive tools
May 8, 2019 | 12:13 pm CDT
Slow, methodical, extreme hardwork. Watch this team of men work to replace a beam in an historic Swedish church with a 42 foot pine log - using only primitive tools.
Video uploader Örebro läns museum describes the technique as medieval wood riving, a technique that hasn't been captured on video before.
The felling and riving of the tree are performed with axes and tools modeled on archaelogical findings from the late 1100s - when the church was estimated to have been built.
If you have time for a 22-minute video, you'll certainly be satisified.
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