Building a 13th century French castle by hand!!!

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  1. Mububban

    Mububban Administrator Staff Member

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    Okay, maybe it's a stretch putting it in this area, but you could look at this as the ultimate form of armour - a castle!

    http://www.guedelon.com/uk/presentation/presentation.php


    I saw a snippet of this castle project on one of Sunday's ABC/SBS
    history shows and it blew me away. How incredibly insane, and wonderful. They showed
    stone masons splitting blocks by hand, using knotted ropes to do 1:1
    scale drawings for arches etc - everything used on this project is
    done by hand using period hand tools and lots of effort. The workers
    even wear costumes!

    Apparently 400 workers working 5 x 14 hour days could put up a castle
    wall in 4 years. They have a much smaller workforce working normal
    working hours, and hope to get this project finished by 2030ish. What
    a fantastic project. And with any luck, Megan and I might be able to
    visit it next year! Apparently it's only 90 minutes out of Paris.


     
  2. Thrawn Von Sithius

    Thrawn Von Sithius No longer a Newt

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    That is awesome! A modern day castle being build by modern day peope, using medieval technology! I hope some day I can go to see it because that is just freaking awesome!
     
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    Thalador Marshal of the West

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    Ah, the rebirth of castles! I never thought I'd see somebody finally taking on a project like this. I sincerely hope that this spawns other similar projects.
     
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    I think it is a dream for the majority of the people interested in medieval history, that they would love to have a castle built for them and then to live in it for the remainder of their lives. I share that dream and I hope to make that dream a reality... as fardetched as it may seem. Money is really the only issue.

    There is a company in the US that has been building castles for a number of years now. They do one castle at a time and its all custom built according to the owner of the land... with some help from them as well. They have built secret tunnels and just about everything a traditional castle would have... with the luxuries of a modern day house.

    I'll start taking donations now :D
     
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