Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Hello Amedean, et al,
I was almost part of the project that you just referenced on this topic. This subject is one that I have studied and practiced for over 35 years, and know most in North America familiar with it. Its technology goes back further than a thousand years and perhaps as far as the Shang Dynasties.
If I may be of service in answer your questions, or anything else regarding this subject, please let me know. I would love to co facilitate a writhing project here at Permies on any "real world" applications you may in the future pursue. In the interim, it will help you to learn to do advanced searches in Google, and also become very familiar with search in Chinese, Korean and Japanese kanji (script or calligraphy) on this subject.
......where can I get any books in English that provide the engineering incite?
... I imagine you have had thoughts on employing these structures so what if any were your ideas?
Amedean Messan wrote: I am looking at the potential of employing these as a complementary construction technique for earth sheltered designed homes, predominantly as a roof structure.
Do you mean, in a house, constructing a timberframed sill of locked together members which resist outward force together from the bottom?
Or are you referring to purlins (with dovetails) or beams (with deep tenons) which connect the posts below the weaving, or connect the woven beams from one side to the other?
I guess I am more meaning outward force that the stone bridge abutments are supporting, not necessarily the downward force as in my previous post.
I do like the corbelled Dene hogan roof's that I believe you are referring to. They are incredibly strong and much simpler than these bridge structures.