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Speaking of curved wood, has anyone come across 1890's - 1900's heavy timber flat floor construction in which continuous pieces of timber smaller than the main beam were connected to each side of the main beam in an arched configuration:

 

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Left hand side of beam shown only, right hand side opposite hand.

 

Matthew Stuart

Structural Department

Manalapan

Extension 1283