Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LA VOÛTE! ("The Vault") Medieval Construction

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Dear Robert, 

I don't know if you like Medieval and Renaissance construction, but I have every book known to man about it and I am determined to build something similar as soon as I get the money. Even if I have to go back to France to do it, since I can't find anyone in Guatemala who knows how to build this way. I'd like to build with adobe in Guatemala, but stone in Europe. 

I have always wanted to return to my beloved France, so now might be the time to do it. If I can sell some property in Pana I'll be on the next plane "home."

Here's a great video that shows modern day people working in the old ways at a wonderful place called Guedelon where they are re-creating a Medieval village built only with the hand tools of the day. I am determined to go there in the next year or two, no matter what!

The movie rental is only $3.00 for one week and I am going to order the DVD too (10 pounds). 

Hope all is well with you... Catherine

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Guedelon, a Castle in the Making

GuédelonD 95589520 Treigny - France   (two hours south of Paris)Tél : 33 3 86 45 66

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Deep in secluded woodland, an abandoned quarry reveals a landscape seemingly untouched since the dawn of the last millennium. Out of this wood and stone, using 13th century building techniques, a castle is being created.


Guédelon film "La Voûte" awarded Silver Dolphin at 2012 Cannes Corporate Media Awards.

Built during the site’s 13th and 14th seasons, the construction secrets of the vault in Guédelon Castle’s lord’s chamber are revealed in this unique document.

This film approaches architecture from an entirely new angle and plunges, along with the craftsmen, into the magic of this fascinating and inspiring construction site.

This film won a "Silver Dolphin" at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in October 2012.

Directed by Benoît Millot 

Length 33mins

The DVD "The Vault" is available from our giftshop or from our online store.

Price: €10

To purchase the DVD please go to our online store:

L'histoire de la construction de la plus grande des voûtes de Guédelon. Ce DVD a obtenu le "Dauphin d'argent" au Festival du Film d'Entreprises de Cannes, 2012.   = The history of the construction of the largest vaults Guédelon. This DVD has won the "Silver Dolphin" at the Cannes Film Festival, 2012.

I was able to RENT THE FILM ONLINE for only $3.00 via PayPal!

Rent movie "Guedelon, LA VOÛTE," a film Un film by Benoît Millot
© goodideas 2012:

I found the film on Vimeo by entering the full name including "Guedelon, LA VOÛTE." Only $3.00 to rent the short 32 minute film for one week. Then I want to buy the DVD too. 

And most of all VISIT there and see it in person! This would make my life's work complete, once I have re-created it in at lovely Lake Atitlan. It's possible, I am sure. I will do this one day!

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chantier médiéval
de guédelon

d955 89520 treigny
tél. 03 86 45 66 66

Bâtie au cours des 13ème et 14éme saisons du chantier, la voûte de la tour maîtresse du château de Guédelon révèle ses secrets de fabrication à travers ce document unique.
Ce film nous permet de porter un autre regard sur l’architecture et de plonger, avec les oeuvriers, dans la magie de ce chantier médiéval à la fois fascinant et inspirant.
Un film de Benoît Millot
© goodideas 2012 - all rights reserved.
Durée : 33 minutes
Langue : Français
Format : HD 1080
"On frémit au moment du décoffrage" - recommandé par Télérama
Récompense : Dauphin d'argent - Cannes Media & TV awards 2012
Sélection SCAM Tendance 2012
Deauville Green Festival 2013 - Prix spécial, Meilleure musique.

= Built during the 13th and 14th seasons of the site, the roof of the mistress of the castle of Guédelon turn reveals its secrets through this unique document. 
This film allows us to take another look at the architecture and dive with the oeuvriers in the magic of this medieval site both fascinating and inspiring. 
A film by Benoît Millot 
GoodIdeas © 2012 - all rights reserved. 
Duration: 33 minutes 
Language: French 
Format: HD 1080 
"One shudders at the time of stripping" - recommended by Télérama 
Reward: Silver Dolphin - Cannes Media & TV Awards 2012 
SCAM selection Trend 2012 
Deauville Green Festival 2013 - Special Award, Best Music. 


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Is this another film available on Vimeo:


An Introduction to the Adventure of Guedelon

© F. Folcher - Guédelon
© F. Folcher - Guédelon

In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: to build a castle using the same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages.

The wood, stone, earth, sand and clay needed for the castle's construction are all to be found here, in this abandoned quarry. Watched by thousands of visitors, all the trades associated with castle-building - quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenters, blacksmiths, tile makers, basket makers, rope makers, carters and their horses - are all working together to complete the castle.

© F. Folcher - Guédelon
© F. Folcher - Guédelon
Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete.

Guédelon offers a unique opportunity to witness all the various different phases of a castle's construction.

Let yourself be transported from the present day, back to the sights and sounds of a 13th-century construction site.

Guédelon offers something for everyone: archaeologists, historians, teachers, students and families.

      Don't miss your chance to see history in the making!


Film de CHANET Marcel
Guédelon est un chantier scientifique, historique, pédagogique, touristique et humain.
*3ème prix concours CINEVIF IDF 2011
-Chantier Médiéval
de Guédelon
D955 89520 TREIGNY

= Film Marcel Chanet 
Guédelon site is a scientific, historical, educational, tourism and human. 
* 3rd prize contest CINEVIF IDF 2011 

Chateau de Guedelon, Building a New Medieval Castle in France


France's new medieval castle

The Chateau de Guedelon
Deep in the forests of central France, an unusual architectural experiment is half-way to completion, as a team of masons replicates in painstaking detail the construction of an entire medieval castle.
The ­Chateau de Guedelon was started in 1998, after local landowner Michel Guyot wondered whether it would be possible to build a castle from scratch, using only contemporary tools and materials.
Today, the walls are rising gradually from the red Burgundy clay. The great hall is almost finished, with only part of the roof remaining, while the main tower edges past the 15m (50ft) mark.
Builders use sandstone quarried from the very ground from which the castle is emerging.
Modern cement did not exist in the 13th Century, so mortar is made from slaked lime and sand. For tools they have basic ironware.
Eccentric pipe dream
In woods surrounding the castle, craftsmen ply all the trades required for so monumental an endeavour. Stone-cutters and carpenters fashion the raw materials. A blacksmith forges the nails. Ropes, baskets and roof-tiles are all made on site.
"The rule is that only what we know from documents that existed at the time is allowed," says Sarah Preston, an English guide.
BBC file image of craftsman at workOnly contemporary tools and materials are used in the construction
What started out as an eccentric pipe dream is now an established enterprise, drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from around Europe every year.
And Guedelon is also highly respected in the academic world. Experts are fascinated by what the experiment can teach about medieval building methods.
One example concerns lime kilns, used for making the mortar. Archaeologists had often wondered why they found traces of two separate kilns at construction sites.
Experience at Guedelon showed that, in a day's work, builders often needed to top up the mortar brought in from the main kiln with small amounts made close at hand. Hence the small second kiln actually inside the castle.
The discolouring of lime-based mortar is another revelation. Within one or two years of being laid, Guedelon's walls are already showing streaks of unsightly white where the lime is leaching.
Archaeologists think this is a clue to why medieval castles were very quickly plastered and painted: it was to hide the mess.
Mr Guyot, who owns the nearby castle of St Fargeau, teamed up with businesswoman Maryline Martin to launch the project in 1996. Part of the rationale was simply to provide employment for local people.

How to build a medieval castle
The Guedelon site was chosen because it contained all the necessary materials: plentiful oak from the forests, as well as clay and water. Stone from the quarry had actually been used in the building of real-life medieval chateaux.
'Lacking soul'
The castle's design is based on a style made popular by French King Philippe-Auguste in the early 13th Century.
An architectural team approves each year's building plans, after a master mason has sketched details from dozens of contemporary castles. Again, nothing that is not referenced in equivalent 13th Century buildings is permitted.
"Funnily enough, we found that even though we knew we were being accurate, somehow the castle lacked soul. So we invented a character - the owner - who would have likes and dislikes, wanting this and not wanting that," says Ms Preston.
BBC file pic of craftsman at workMetalwork is forged on site in a project aiming for historical accuracy
Seigneur Guilbert is a middle-ranking feudal lord, who has been granted the right to build his castle because he sided with the crown during a baronial rebellion in 1226.
The rebellion - at the accession of the 12-year-old Louis IX (later Saint Louis) - did actually take place, and was suppressed by his mother Blanche de Castile.
In the annals of Guedelon, construction started in 1228. Each year that passes is a year in historical time too, so we are now in 1240. Completion is due around 1253 - or 2023 in today's calendar.
What happens when the castle is finally finished, no-one is really sure. One option is to start extending.
"Remember, medieval castles were often works in progress. In the 15th Century they might have added new bits with different architectural styles, and then again and again," says Preston. "So we could keep going for ever."

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