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Author Topic: SPAB Lethaby Scholar Visit to South Oxfordshire Small woodland
Ken Hume
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Post SPAB Lethaby Scholar Visit to South Oxfordshire Small woodland
on: September 9, 2015, 09:01

On 24th September 2015 a group of Lethaby Scholars from The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) will visit one of Oxfordshire's small woodlands to discover how this important countryside resource has been stewarded over the past centuries to produce timbers for the construction of quintessential English vernacular style buildings.

The group will examine how the mix of different tree species growing in the woodland has changed over the centuries and will discuss how the current mix of trees could be employed in the construction of new vernacular (locally sourced material) buildings.

A follow on visit will be made to examine a 600 year old cruck framed building in a nearby village where particular attention will be paid as to the types and size of timber scantling used by medieval carpenters. The methods employed to convert historical timbers e.g. hewn, scie sawn, etc. will be examined in some detail to determine how practical it would be be to produce equivalent timbers today for use in restoration and repair work on "listed" buildings.

For further information please contact :-

Ken Hume
Executive Trustee - The Oxfordshire Woodland Group

Note :
According to Oxford Dictionaries quintessential means "representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class" and vernacular means "architecture concerned with domestic and functional rather than public or monumental buildings"

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