The first timbers arrive
The road into Stanford Dingley, the small village where we are based, has seen a lot of activity as lorries deliver timbers to our workshops for the fabrication of the theatre's timber framed structure.
|With timbers that can sometimes weigh hundreds of kilograms, our|
craftsmen make good use of the small crane to unload the lorries
|The forklift is used to shift timbers into their correct groupings prior to the inspection of every timber|
|Each timber is carefully inspected and checked for its size, the type of conversion and the quality of the timber|
|Some of the oak timbers on trestles in the yard|
|Callum and Richard begin marking out - in the cold!|
|Richard marks out a timber that will eventually become a turned column.|
|Inside one of the barn workshops, Guy and other craftsmen begin marking out other timbers.|
|Our lines marked on the end of this timber are drawn across the annual rings, each ring being one years growth for the tree|
|Everyone needs a tea break|
Our next few posts will be about the full size two bay 'mock up', part of the initial design for the Jacobean theatre (you may see a glimpse of it in a couple of these photos). Building the mock up has benefited us considerably and has also proved of great interest for the researchers, designers and theatre practitioners.
Seasons Greetings, Anne Payton.