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Old August 14th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #41
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Work on the West Tower is going well!


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Work has restarted on the west curtain wall.


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The hearthstones of the Great Hall's fireplace have been fixed!


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Fixing the first arrow loop jamb on the 1st floor of the East Tower.


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Work is in progress on the East Tower: the chamber is taking shape and the first steps of the stair have been fixed. Note the stones of the sill which have been fixed on the southern plunging arrow loop.








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Old September 22nd, 2013, 08:47 PM   #43
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The masons' level, the spirit level's ancestor.


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Today, on the East tower, a lintel was fixed over an arrowloop.




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Preheating of kiln today; the firing of paving tiles will take place tomorrow!


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The firing of paving tiles is under way !!








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The inside of the kiln during the removal of the paving tiles.




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Old September 22nd, 2013, 11:26 PM   #44
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Fixing the fourth step on the East Tower's first-floor stair




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The builders on the Great Tower have taken down the forms under the stair leading to the tower's second floor!




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Putlog scaffolding has been installed around the East Tower.


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On top of the Great Tower, 17 m from the ground, the carpenters Sophie and Jean-Charles raise the level of the putlogs.


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On the West Tower - "the Quarry Tower" - the stonemasons have fixed the sill of a plunging arrow loop.


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On the western curtain wall : The masons have linked the curtain wall with the temporary staircase, which used to lead to the chapel tower. The stones which are removed from the staircase will be reused as stones for the levelling courses.




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Old November 6th, 2013, 04:42 PM   #45
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Guédelon is now closed for the winter, reopening in march 2014!

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Complete with newly installed scaffolding, the Great Tower stands proud.








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I wish that there were more projects like this one.

What are the origins of the name Guédelon by the way?
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Old November 6th, 2013, 06:08 PM   #47
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"Guédelon" is the name of the forest that surrounds the castle : "Forêt de Guédelon".
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On the West Tower, all the levelling courses, as well as the bases of the three arrow loops, have been fixed.






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Work on the western curtain wall is going well.




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Old November 9th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #49
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Delivering a block of limestone.


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On the first floor (US = 2nd floor) of the East Tower, the fifth step of the stair has been fixed!


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The East Tower seen from the scaffolding on the Great Tower.








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A NEW SEASON BEGINS TOMORROW!

In 2014, the chapel will be built on the Chapel Tower’s 1st floor and the carpenters will build a wooden section of wall-walk to skirt around this place of worship.
On the Great Tower, the team will continue building the 2nd-floor octagonal chamber. In the North Range, paving tiles will be laid on the floor of the Great Hall.





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It's a race with Sagrada Familia

If anything with this project, slower progress is ideal. The purpose isn't simply to construct a castle, but also to provide the public with a medieval construction experience and experience for craftsman of long lost skills.
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What happens in 8 years when they are finished? I am in favour of the logical next step: Medieval castle extension!
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Grander designs at Guédelon: historic chateau project brings past to lif.

Volunteers and researchers are hewing and toiling in a French forest to build a 13th-century castle by medieval means.

Deep in the forests of northern Burgundy, history is in the making. Stonemasons hew at rough chunks of sandstone with tools produced from scratch in the forge by leather-aproned blacksmiths. The stone is transported by horse and cart to be raised to walls by workers in smocks marching in a wooden treadwheel operating pulleys capable of raising a tonne in eight minutes.

In the nearby wood, artisans have constructed a medieval flour mill based on a recent archaeological find. To their delight – and no little surprise – it works. Mobile phones, however, do not. And there are few concessions to those other perceived scourges of modern life: health and safety.

Outside the forest clearing it is 2014. Inside, it is 1245 and the fictional Guilbert Courtenay, aka Guilbert de Guédelon, is anxious to take possession of his new home: a modest chateau befitting his social station as a lowly aristocrat and knight who has fallen into royal favour.

Guédelon is a unique historical and archaeological project to build a chateau from scratch using medieval materials and techniques. Instead of digging down to solve the mysteries of history, workers at Guédelon are building up.

Such is the magic of travelling back eight centuries that 300,000 visitors flock to Guédelon every year and hundreds volunteer to join the workforce.

When the Guédelon project began 16 years ago, it was deemed essential to place the mini castle and its owner at a specific period of history. The year chosen was 1229, when Louis IX, later Saint Louis, was king of France, but at 15 he was deemed too young to rule.

As the story goes, his mother, Blanche of Castile, who holds the reins of power is informed of Courtenay's distinguished fighting for the royal army against rebellious barons and awards him a "licence" to build a modest castle.

Everything about Guédelon will reflect Courtenay's modest standing, which means he can afford to build a small chateau, but cannot afford a moat or architectural refinements.

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