More photos from the Gwoździec installation.

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Install (The Flying Synagogue)

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One of the things that makes the Museum’s exhibition of the Gwoździec roof truly amazing is that it is completely suspended above the viewers’ heads.  Sixteen steel rods will run through the log walls and attach the roof to the ceiling.  Alicia Spence thought this might be one of the only hanging timber frame structures in the world.

And, at the end of the second week of the install, it was time to get it flying.

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More photos from the Gwoździec installation.

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Install (Week Two)

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Near the end of the first week, the timber framers had completed the log walls and box frame.  Though there was still quite a bit of work to do putting in the interior support structure, the next big step was to raise up a new anchor point: the ridge truss.

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Photos from the Gwoździec installation.

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Install (The Arrival)

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Early on a cold January morning in Warsaw, two crews arrived to inspect their work site.  Rick and Laura Brown, along with four trusted painters, made up the Handshouse group.  Alicia Spence led a team from the Timber Framers Guild.  Together, these two crews, over the course of three weeks, would build, raise, and install the Gwoździec synagogue roof.

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Back from Warsaw!

We just spent an intense three weeks with the Handshouse crew in Warsaw.  Everyone worked very long days on the site of the new museum, but it was worth it: the synagogue is nearly complete!

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More photos from Wrocław.

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Wrocław (part 2)

We covered a lot of activity in our final days in Poland.  Hundreds of flowers had to be painted onto the 30’ cove panels, many animals needed to be completed, and the lantern had to be taken from bare wood to the finished, highly-intricate paintings.  We weren’t able to stay until the very end of the workshop, so we covered each process as thoroughly as possible.

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Pictures from Wrocław.

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