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New walls for Kinglake Fort

  • Sunday, March 18 2007 @ 09:08 AM UTC
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Hi All,

What a lovely day for a working bee.

Along with Johnathon and myself from Vlachernai, we had Michael, Steve, AJ and Gareth from the LaTrobe Historical Re-enactment Society working away on the fort.

We raised four section of wall totally eight metres, one of these sections was adjacent to the entrance (providing a protective position to defend the gate), the other three section are along the eastern face. The wooden walls now stand to a height of my hips (say 1.2 metres). The vertical posts have their lower portions covered in bitchem and the lowest horizontals are sitting on a row of rocks. Which should see the walls last for some time.

The northern embankment was lowered to the same height as the southern embankment, and widened to accommodate the proposed wall and a wider wallwalk.

Large amounts of earth were moved from the pile by the archery target area to the southern and northern flanks of the fort, so the earthern embankment extends around two thirds of the enciente (a small palisade guards the rear section, along with the slope into the billabong, which is currently dry as a ...).

And numerous poles were tarred in preparation for the next working bee.

The plans for the future include: eathern ramparts and palisading for the rear of the fort, a gate tower, a motte with sally port in the southern corner, crenelations for projectile combat and destructo gates for a bit of fun.

While we were there and there were lots of kids there we ran some bear hunts. Thanks to Steve and AJ for being bears and for Johnathon for providing supervision.

Thanks to Michael and AJ for some wonderful lap joints on the timbers.

Thanks to Johnathon and Gareth for supplying the timbers. More timber is required and Johnathon has agreed to collect the timber which would otherwise end up in landfill.

Wayne Conron (site owner) was very impressed with our works.

The next working bee will concentrate on raising the walls on the northern side of the gate.

Bye for now,


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