This blog tells the story of how we are creating the timber interior for the new indoor Jacobean theatre - The Sam Wanamaker - at the Globe Theatre in London. It is an historical reconstruction of an indoor theatre similar to one Shakespeare would have used to show many of his plays.

Monday, 31 December 2012

Photo journal - 1

This blog, following the creation of the new timber Jacobean theatre, will include a regular series of photo journals, like this one, interspersed between the posts that describe the work in much more detail.

The first timbers arrive
The road into Stanford Dingley, the small village where we are based, has seen a lot of activity as lorries  deliver timbers to our workshops for the fabrication of the theatre's timber framed structure.

With timbers that can sometimes weigh hundreds of kilograms, our
craftsmen make good use of the small crane to unload the lorries

The forklift is used to shift timbers into their correct groupings prior to the inspection of every timber 

Each timber is carefully inspected and checked for its size, the type of conversion and the quality of the timber

Some of the oak timbers on trestles in the yard

All the timbers are marked to identify their position in the structure.
Historically this was usually done by incising numerals into the timbers. We generally use some form of modern marker  pen that can easily be removed - but more on this in a later post

Callum and Richard begin marking out - in the cold!

Richard marks out a timber that will eventually become a turned column.

Inside one of the barn workshops, Guy and other craftsmen begin marking out other timbers.

Our lines marked on the end of this timber are drawn across the annual rings, each ring being one years growth for the tree

Everyone needs a tea break 

Our next few posts will be about the full size two bay 'mock up', part of the initial design for the Jacobean theatre (you may see a glimpse of it in a couple of these photos). Building the mock up has benefited us considerably and has also proved of great interest for the researchers, designers and theatre practitioners.

We will be back with more posts and photographic journals in the new year and include further updates on our twitter account,

Seasons Greetings, Anne Payton.

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