‘Legendary’ Notre-Dame roof astounded Middle Ages: carpenter

The charred roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was once a legend that "astounded the Middle Ages" and still fascinates master carpenters, Thomas Buechi of the Charpente Concept group told AFP. It is possibly one of the greatest masterpieces for French master carpenters. For a painter it would have been a bit as if the Mona Lisa went up in smoke. The framework (known as "the forest") was mythical, it was a legend for several reasons. It was so complex that it astounded the Middle Ages. First of all, it took 50 years to prepare the timber. They began cutting the trees, around 1,500, sometime around the year 1200. These were laid for a year with the top turned to the North to align them with the energy of the earth. The bark was then removed and they were

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