Welcome to The Old Castle Shop, our stone masonry, timber framing, iron working, and woodworking shop.
This is the stone and wood working shop for Burg Jägerhof , our medieval castle.
From this shop we worked on the various tasks that were required to build our castle and now to maintain our castle.
This website is where we deal with working and building with stone, slate, bricks, blocks, and ways of working with masonry products. We are primarily stone masons and work with all types of natural stone on our projects.
And we are also timber framers, woodworkers, and blacksmiths. So we work with and build with various cuts of timber, timbers, logs, types of wood, iron, and we hand carve wood.
Most of our tools are hand tools, by choice. But a few machine and power tools make the job faster and are used in our shop and also on the job sites.
In addition we are blacksmiths working with wrought iron and ironworkers working with welding tools. To mold, shape, work and build with iron we use the forge and when the job requires, we use modern welding tools.
At a later time we may have our school open again. This school has masonry, timber working, woodcarving, and blacksmithing classes.
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New interesting articles dealing with stone masonry, medieval castle builders, timberframing links, and other information pertaining to stone and timber construction are being added all the time.
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National Concrete Masonry Association Homepage .
An online resource for concrete and masonry information.
Masonry Institute of Washington HomePage .
Technical resources: bulletins, glossary, links, information, and handbooks: including the Northwest Masonry Guide.
Glossary of Masonry and Stone Working Terminology from Huckleberry Stone Supply .
This is an extensive glossary of masonry and stone working terminology.
Timber framers organization Timber Framers Guild .
A non-profit educational membership association dedicated to the craft of timber framing. This guild serves as a center of timber frame information and designs for the professional and the general public.
Members of this shop are members of this fine organization.
Cascade Joinery Homepage.
Custom designs and constructs unique timber framed homes and buildings. Home based in the Pacific Northwest.
The premier manufacturer and distributor of brick and concrete products in the Pacific Northwest. Includes concrete block, residential brick, and manufactured stones.
Marenakos Rock Center.
The place in the Pacific Northwest where masonry contractors, builders and landscapers can find just about any size, type, and quantity of quality rocks for large and small projects.
Cedar Bureau Homepage.
An excellent source for information on using cedar wood for roofing material. Has a useful online manual.
Huckleberry Stone Supply .
North America's Largest Quarrier of Basalt. Huckleberry Stone Supply has been serving satisfied customers for over 25 years.
The Dry Stone Conservancy.
The Dry Stone Conservancy works to preserve existing dry-laid stone structures, and to revive and promote the ancient craft of dry stone masonry.
Stone Foundation Society.
The Stone Foundation is a society of stonemasons and others involved with and/or interested in stone, stonework and stone art. Publisher of STONEXUS Magazine, the highly regarded periodical publication of the Stone Foundation is available only to the member/subscribers.
The Stone Circle.
A Webring devoted to Stone Circles, Megaliths and other Prehistoric Sites around the world.
Sites featured include hundreds of images, travel guides, archaeology, and archaeoastronomy.
4th Annual StoneFest Masonry School; September 17-20, 2008
This four-day school of learning and sharing covers building with stone, using mortar and dry stack methods, sculptural and architectural carving, traditional lettering, mortar, and tools. One project this year is to build a dry stack stone bridge, no mortar or rebar will be used.
To view photographs of the planning, building, and completion of the dry stack stone bridge, Click Here.
5th Annual StoneFest Stone Masonry School; Septemer 15-19, 2009
Marenakos Rock Center, Preston, Washington
The 5th Annual StoneFest will address both traditional and contemporary methods of working with stone in architectural, landscape and sculptural contexts. These educational classes offer a unique opportunity for the stonemason, the stone carver, architect, landscape designer, or simply anyone who simply wants to further their knowledge of working with stone. Learn with professionals from the natural stone industry with hands-on learning projects, presentations, demonstrations, audio/visual talks and discussion forums.
StoneFest 2009 Books.
These books are useful for understanding traditional stone masonry methods taught in some of these classes.
6th Annual Stone Masonry School; Septemer 13-17, 2010.
Marenakos Rock Center, Preston, Washington
The 6th Annual StoneFest features a challenging project. This is the building of a large stone beehive structure, called a Clochan. The Clochan will be designed and built in the traditional Irish style, while incorporating contemporary design techniques.
Click on for complete details of this project and for all of the other masonry and stone carving classes.
Select your stone, brick, and block masonry tools from these tool suppliers.
Trow and Holden Company, Bon, Coopertools, AMPCO, Vaughan And Bushnell, Stanley Consumer Tools, Olympia Industrial, Estwing, Barco Industries, Rocket, and Marshalltown Trowel Company.
Visit the Timber Framing Store .
Offers a selection of timber framing tools, timber framing books and eBooks, power generators, logging tools, and construction equipment.
For a list of masonry, timberframing, and site development contractors Click Here
For a list of timberframing links Click Here
We are planning to build and are laying the ground work for a mid size castle to be built in the State of Washington. This full size stone and timber castle will be
built along the style of a medieval period castle that could be found today in the Alps Mountain region of Europe. This castle will be of the Burg configeration rather than a Schloss.
We will not copy any particular existing castle, but will design this castle from the ground up.
For details of this project, please visit Medieval Castle Builders .
A Castle in the Making
The Guédelon castle project offers a unique opportunity to study and to witness the different stages of a medieval castle's construction, each phase being of interest in its own right.
In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, France, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: that is to build a castle using the very same construction techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages.
BURGEN: Medieval to 1900's
An excellent example of a German castle.
This castle is at the confluence of the Moselle and Eltz Rivers above the town of Mosel Kern, near Koblenz, Rhineland-Pfalz.
This is a large castle over looking the Rhine River valley near Bacharach, Rhineland-Pfalz.
Burg Heidenreichstein is a fine castle in Niederösterreich, Austria.
A clasp view of the southern wall.
Greifenstein an der Donau. Burg Greifenstein on the Danube River.
A grand view of Fortress Groppenstein in the Mölltal valley above the village of Obervellach, Kärnten, Austria.
Die Burg Mauterndorf liegt im Lungau, im südlichsten Gau des Bundeslandes Salzburg.
Die Marksburg bei Braubach am Rhein.
A good view of this fine castle and the headquarters for the organization of German castles.
(Der Deutschen Burgenvereinigung).
Burg Seebenstein im Wechselgebiet. Close-up of wall details.
Blick auf Burg Rappottenstein im Waldviertel im Winter.
Built in 1077, this fortress stands guard above Salzburg, Austria.
In addition read about some of the interesting history of Salzburg.
A panoramic view of Festung Hohensalzburg.
An interesting castle site. All text is in German.
Festung bei Launsdorf, Kärnten(Carinthia), Austria.
Medieval Burg in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Photo, history, castle plot plan, and other information.
Text is in German.
SCHLÖSSER: Middle Ages to 1900's
Castles Click Here
Additional web sites for medieval German castle pictures, castle history, German castle web rings and other important information.
A picture of the North Gate on our Forestry Research Station and Tree Farm.
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