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Offline HarveyWildes

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Woodworking and Spain
« on: June 29, 2017, 11:12 PM »
Just got back from a tour of Spain.  I loved it, except for the fact that they had the hottest June ever, with multiple days over 100 F.  Iberian ham is really good.

Here are some observations that might apply to woodworking.

*  Sagrada Familia is awesome!!!  The design is organic, and there is hardly a straight line in the place.  I've seen many pics of the outside, but did not realize that the inside was even in play - not only is it in play, it was completed several years ago.  Regardless of your craft, it is well worth the visit to look at the design, especially if you want to avoid straight lines.  Thirty years ago they were say that it might take another 100-150 years to complete.  Now they are making so much money from tourism (it's not funded by the Catholic church) that they are predicting that it will be finished by 2026.  I'd post pictures, but the professional ones online are better than mine :).

*  The Alhambra (Grenada) and Alcazar (Seville) both have doors that the guides claimed were still the original Lebanon cedar doors, with the wood being imported to Spain by the Muslims who built those palace-fortresses.  Many of the frame mortises still looked tight and sturdy to me.  I'm not sure how much of that is due to clever maintenance, but it's impressive nonetheless, given the weight of the doors.

*  Both places also have amazing wooden ceilings, using Muslim geometric designs.  I want to say that they were parquet construction, but didn't get close enough to really see.  The design motif also showed up in a synagogue in Toledo that pre-dated the expulsion of the Jews in the 1500's.

*  I got lots of pictures of wood doors.  One design was to do frame and panel, where the frame was not rectangles but 6/8/12 pointed starts, octagons, etc.  Challenging angle work.  Another type of design included panels that had intricate parquet designs.  A couple of doors in the Alcazar were maybe 12-15 feet tall (the Lebanon cedar ones), and had decorated panels that had been worn away at elbow level - I was disappointed to see that they were replacing the carved panel pieces with plastic.

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Offline Rob-GB

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Re: Woodworking and Spain
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2017, 02:20 AM »
There is a lot of great architecture in Spain, lots of it has the Moorish influence.
During my travels in Spain I have not yet been to Sagrada Familia but had the chance to work on one of the Austrian artist/architects Hundert Wasser Hause in Bad Soden (Germany) which has little to do with straight lines.
Another point of interest in Spain are the Troglodyte houses in Guadix,(and other locations) cave homes that used to be homes for the poor but can now fetch good prices. A whole different type of architecture [big grin].
Glad I am not the only one who notices the woodwork styles and architecture while on my holidays.  [thumbs up]

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Offline JimSpence

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Re: Woodworking and Spain
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017, 10:25 PM »
+1 for Sagrade Familia.  Antoni Gaudi's work in Barcelona is truly original.  You're spot on with "organic" and "no straight lines".  I love my track saw, but it seems so mechanical and soulless compared to the vigorous, mother-earth vibe of his creations.  I'm all for efficiency, and can dig Bauhaus, but his stuff is so refreshing.
I forget the name of the site in Barcelona, but there's a sub-division in Barcelona that he designed.  On display is the model apartment that he designed.  Nary a straight line in sight.  After the grand-scale craziness of Sagrade Familia, it was cool to see that same spirit in an intimate home's kitchen table, window couch, etc.

+1+1+1 on the ham.  Multiple tapas with multiple hams.  Who knew ham could be so d#&$ good?

Thanks for bringing back the memories, and for calling attention to one of the most inventive architects of the 20th century.  Cheers!
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Offline MarkBrenners

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Re: Woodworking and Spain
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 09:20 AM »
Most of the homes in spain are designed very good. And the food there is also very very good :)

Offline antss

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Re: Woodworking and Spain
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2017, 09:30 AM »
Gaudi also designed conventional building with straight lines and square rooms. 

Mostly homes early for wealthy industrialists early in his career.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2017, 06:28 PM by antss »