By Paula Lieber Gerson
In accordance with papers provided at a symposium held in 1981 on the Cloisters
(in conjunction with an exhibition entitled The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis
in the time of Abbot Suger (1122-1151) and at Columbia University,
sponsored by way of the foreign heart for Medieval paintings and the Medieval and Renaissance
Interdisciplinary reviews Committee of Columbia college.
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True, there is an additional skill set required to do the timber frame, but this is also the case with stackwall corners. See my Timber Framing for the Rest of Us (New Society Publishers, 2004) for tips on how to build a strong timber frame quickly and easily with inexpensive commonly available fasteners. You can’t get the roof on (or the building site covered) until all the cordwood is completed. Electric, windows and doors, and other building components are exposed to the elements. 11. A beautiful stackwall cornered addition in Peru, New York, built without staggered-length quoins.
Pre-drill quarter-inch holes all the way through the pipe, every 9 inches along its length, so that a 16-penny nail can be inserted through at frequent height intervals. In the three expansion shields, screw in O-ring screws of the correct diameter for the expansion shields. Now plumb the pipe perfectly vertical, with cables stretched from its top to the three O-rings sticking out of the slab. You can plumb and tighten the three cables with turnbuckles. Place a bull’s ring around the pipe so that it can easily slide up and down.
Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis: A symposium by Paula Lieber Gerson