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The World’s Biggest Historical Carpentry Projects

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The Hall of the Phoenix

Constructed for the 1893 Chicago World’s fair, this pavilion was art. It was called the Ho-o-den in Japanese. Japanese craftsmen built it and essentially introduced Japanese architecture to the west. Progressive architects took note of its roof style and painted fusuma (carved sliding doors). This including Franklin Lloyd Wright. It no longer stands. However, documents make it clear the creators unified everything from the carved interior to the lawns around it to create a single effect.

The Robie House

Speaking of Wright, the American architect constructed this Prairie Style home from 1908 to 1910. It now located on the University of Chicago campus. It is a pinnacle of building with wood. It is another unified piece. Wright crafted the interior so that the wooden fixtures appear to support the arches of the intricate ceiling.

The Pyramids of Giza

Everyone knows the one Ancient Wonder of the World still standing is an achievement in stone masonry. What is less obvious is what an undertaking in carpentry it was. Carpenters were in charge of the worked wooden logs that moved the blocks that make up the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Each weighed about two tons.

Carpenters also produced tools involved throughout the rest of the process. Given the vast number of years each pyramid project stretched over, it’s difficult to say just how many carpenters were involved from start to finish. Generations of them could have overseen one project. Today, there would be less wood involved in moving massive stone blocks in lieu of steel vehicles.

Ancient carpentry ended up interred within the pyramids upon their completion as well with other fine treasure. A surprising amount of worked wood from Ancient Egypt is still intact today. This is due to the area’s arid climate. We know that the Egyptians started making veneer and using varnish several millennia ago.

The Hall of Supreme Harmony

Located in the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Hall of Supreme Harmony is the largest hall in the city. It is located in its very centre. It is easily among the largest wooden structures in the entirety of the country of China.

It originally dates to the Ming Dynasty, but fires destroyed it seven times in succeeding years. It is noteworthy for features like gold-covered pillars and extensive sculptures of dragons. Its construction involved ten thousand people.

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