Shakespeare's Globe Center--USA:
Center for Globe Research
Architectural information on the current reconstruction
Knowledge of timber-frame construction has never fully
died out in England but there are few experts in the field. The Globe was
lucky to find McCurdy & Co, who gained their expertise from years of
carefully dismantling 16th and 17th century timber-frame buildings in order
to reassemble them on other sites for preservation. But even their skills
have been tested by the complexity of the Globe joinery and a great deal
of time is spent in research.
New timber framing like that done for the new Globe usually
uses fresh cut, or green, wood. The pieces are fitted together and fastened
by inserting a wooden peg (see illustrations below). The wood shrinks as
it dries, making an amazingly strong and tight structure.
||Here's an example of a standard joint in the Globe reconstruction.
This one is up on top of the third gallery (the highest), forming part of
the roof line.|
|Here, a worker inserts wooden pegs into the structure. Once
in place, the pegs are sawed and sanded flush to the frame, resulting in
an extremely sturdy joint.
||This is a close up of the finished skeleton of the first two
|One of the first sections to be completed was this one in
April of 1995.
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