Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The old pigsty

We’ve started to pull down the old pigsty. After the smokehouse and the sheep stable it is the third building we are demolishing. We don’t need it, it is in a bad condition and we would like to extend our barn – so it has to go. However, it is a painful thing to do, it feels like destroying a part of Slovakia’s cultural heritage. Most of it is build using mortise and tenon joints – but here and there some magnificent nails are used. The pigsty was made from oak beams and plastered with loam. A whole forest went into it. After today’s work all what is left is a heap of firewood.
A wooden "nail"
An iron Nail
Oak beams with loam

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