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Traditional Craft Skills as a Source of Historical Knowledge

Journal article
Authors Gunnar Almevik
Karl-Magnus Melin
Published in Mirator
Volume 2015
Issue 16:1
Pages 72-102
ISSN 1457-2362
Publication year 2015
Published at The Craft Laboratory - National centre for crafts in conservation
Department of Conservation
Pages 72-102
Language en
Keywords Medieval religious building, reconstruction, craftmanship
Subject categories Architectural conservation and restoration, Building engineering, Technology and culture, Archaeology, medieval


This article concerns the reconstruction of the medieval corner timbered church of Södra Råda that was burnt to the ground in an act of arson in 2001. The reconstruction was initiated by the Swedish National Heritage Board to gain knowledge of the culture and craftsmanship of wooden medieval buildings. The theoretical focus of the project is founded on the combination of sources and the utilisation of the methods and potentials of craftpersons. The reconstructive experiments are informed by a methodology where the present maker’s attentiveness and embodied skills disclose new information on historical working procedures, intentions and affordances. The article also presents results that bring new light on the oldest corner-timbered church buildings in existence.

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