Thursday, April 11, 2013

First Lesson in Timbrel Vaulting

We had our first formal lesson in timbrel vaulting with Fernando Vegas and Camilla Mileto. It was decided that we would begin constructing a small groin vault. The setup was not only difficult but time consuming. We had to make sure everyone was on the same page, establish how the foundations were configured and determine the curvature of the arches. Since the set up took so much longer than expected we didn't come close to finishing the vault - but - we managed to build four arches much faster than we had to date. So, we take that as a win, and we'll address the surface of the vault next time we build.

 determining the configuration of the heavy stuff

what are we going to do?

drawing the catenary curve and 
bending our wire to the correct shape

tight working quarters

Working around all four corners

Erik modifying our tiles with smashing techniques

four arches!