First the old slates
were stripped from the roof. They were random
slates which would be used on the
Hafod and the third building (see later).
Meirion Thomas, an expert in dismantling oak framed buildings was
in charge of the operation. A drawing of the frame was made and each
piece of wood was marked to identify its position on the drawing.
The next operation was to knock out the oak pegs which held the joints
in the frame together; this was very time consuming. A crane was used
to take the frame down and this was done in one very long day. We
were left with some surprisingly small piles of wood!
The timber was transported back to the coach
house of our existing home 7 miles away. We employed local
carpenters and a large room in the coach house, once stabling for
four coach horses, became our carpenters' shop. There they worked
on the structure over winter. Old timber was cleaned and restored
and new oak made up where rotten wood was found. The following Spring
we brought it back to the site for reconstruction on new foundations.
If you would like to see the house
in which we were living at the time please click here.
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