Historic Woodworker Videos #41: The Adventures of Lemuel Chenoweth to create timber-framed covered bridges

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Blog entry by Hoosierwoodcraft posted 02-01-2019 05:06 AM 1428 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last few months I have been researching the science and techniques to create a timber-framed covered bridge using the techniques of the 19th century. If you are curious about how woodworkers built a wooden bridge in the 1840s, click on the link below.

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#1 posted 02-01-2019 12:37 PM

Always enjoy your historic videos Tom. I’ve always been amazed by covered bridges. Seen a lot of them in my travels on my motorcycle throughout my life. Each one is so beautiful with their looks and their engineering.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-01-2019 03:53 PM

I wonder if it was bridges similar to these that featured in Clint Eastwood movie The Bridges of Madison County?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 02-01-2019 09:46 PM

Couldnt resist doing some research after 14,000+ bridges built and 800 still standing

Long Description:
Beverly Covered Bridge

Site of old covered bridge on Staunton & Parkersburg Turnpike built in 1847 by Lemuel Chenoweth (1811-87). Burned during Civil War, he rebuilt it in 1873. Dismantled by state in 1951. Chenoweth’s home, built in 1847, is southeast of old bridge site.

His house is still there!.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 03-16-2019 04:53 PM

Thanks for sharing the video. I got to see some of your impressive covered bridges a few years ago when I toured the East coast in an RV. Here’s a shot I took of the one at Flume Gorge in Grafton Notch State Park.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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