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Old 05-15-2008, 02:27 PM
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There are a lot of arches used in WFO's.

These shots are of a couple of masonry arches being built. Amazing how rough they are initially vs the final finish!

and another cool arch as well.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:39 PM
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Are these purely decorative arches?

they do look nice finished!
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:10 PM
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I think an islamic style oven would be way cool.

You could have the big dome in the center:



You could have moorish arches on each side, and you could even have a faux minaret in the back for mood lighting.
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:41 PM
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Are these purely decorative arches?
Absolutely not....they are structural...holding up a tile roof! The arch is incredibly strong and spreads the weight to the columns....the last pic is from the Alhambra...built by the Moors long before Columbus sailed in 1492!
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:13 PM
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Check this out....about 2000 years old and built without mortar! I've walked across it in the upper water trough and along the supporting arches (no raiilings )....still standing!

Pont du Gard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Those Romans were amazing!!!
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:30 PM
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Quite a view from up there, though! I had a chance to visit the Pont du Garde about 15 years ago, and it was quite amazing. Definitely worth a trip if you're ever in that part of France!

I figure if that thing is still standing, my piddling little WFO ought to last at least a few years.
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:56 PM
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A link from the pont du gard site:

Compagnons du Tour de France - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A group of itinerant craftspersons for the purpose of education. Sounds great.
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The secret is in the keystone.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:18 AM
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How about Gaudi's use of hanging keystones at Parc Guell....

his tilework ain't bad either

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