Monday, 16 February 2009

Having renovated an old barn on the edge of the Alps in France, I am often struck by the beauty with which local carpenters and other workers in wood, both amateur and professional use the old and the new side by side. The new rough edged but carefully planed outside planking perfectly complementing the new piece inserted to lift the horizontal rafter above the cross 'poutre'.

One of my main loves living over here is to see that houses are still being built by hand, mostly, and not thrown up, which of course does exist; but individual houses and chalets are still the norm.

I wonder if there is a French verb used in housebuilding in much the same way that Mijoter, is used in cooking...?

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