To Save Norway’s Stave Churches, Conservators Had to Relearn a Lost Art
It’s always fascinating to me when preservationists have to look back and rediscover older forms of technology. Great piece from Atlas Obscura.
As early as the 11th century, builders began erecting these churches all over the region. Much of Europe was raising massive cathedrals of stone during this period, but the Scandinavians knew wood best. While each house of worship was unique, all of them had staves, or load-bearing corner posts joined to vertical wall planks with a tongue-and-groove method.
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