This is the heart of carpentry: the last of the great craftsmen built these historic buildings using hand tools. Today, the modern carpenter cheats. We now have the technology to take an original piece and copy it exactly using machines.
The art of restoring Heritage sites lies in restoring them back to their original state – not just making a plan to fix them. We restore old buildings so that they look like the original building. Generations to come can now enjoy them in their original state.
What makes Heritage buildings so fascinating is the fact that they were manufactured in a foreign country and shipped to South Africa in pieces. They were transported by ox wagon somewhere inland and then assembled. There was no “pop to the local hardware to buy a few nails or a piece of wood”. It had to be ordered from overseas which often took a year to arrive because they had to wait for favourable winds to sail at sea.
The steel roof sheeting on these heritage buildings still have the original English Royal Stamp visible today – a sign that granddad knew how to build to last.
Building companies underestimate the cost of restoring Heritage buildings because by law, these buildings can only be restored by companies who have already been involved with their restoration. They don’t understand that each piece of timber in the building is often unique. Each piece was carved by hand. We need to make new cutters for each piece of timber that needs replacement or restoration.
Heritage buildings were often made from Oregon Pine and/or Yellow wood. You will often find a piece of timber that does not fit in with the other types of timber. This is because they found a local timber to replace something that did not arrive on the ship.
Timber Construction has a heart for this special part of their offering – restoring heritage sites is our passion.