Arcade Post Features 1

The oak was grown and sourced from local woods and forests - (Hatfield Forest ?) - long, straight oak trunks were chosen for the posts.

The oak timber was shaped when green - within a year of its felling.
Arcade post drawing


Root end of the tree trunk
Shakes
Cracks in the oak timbers - only apparent when the timber dries out - no detriment to the structural strength of the wood.
Shakes in Post 3 East
Original bark - waney edge
Useful feature when determining the age of the tree when tree-ring dating -this indicates the last year of growth.
Original bark visible
Regularly spaced notch marks
Used as levelling grooves prior to squaring the tree trunk using the notch and chop technigue* to reduce the timber to its approximate size.
Regularly spaced notch marks
*The technique for squaring up round tree trunks took place on tressles in the carpenters' yard or even on site. Regular V shape notches were cut in the trunk with a felling axe and then a side axe would be used to trim the timber lenghtways by joining the notches to achieve a flat side. One side would carefully be trimmed flat and is known as the face side. The star datum marks on our post is the personal way our carpenters used to indicate their best side. All other sides would be roughly squared up according to this one 'best' side.