Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I have been working on that biplane for at least two weeks, almost every nights. I gave it to my son for his second Christmas.
It is made out of the following woods:
- fuselage: a branch of incense cedar (Calocedrus formosana, 梢楠 in chinese), harvested after a recent typhoon
- wings: Taiwan incense cedar planks (Calocedrus formosana, 梢楠)
- propeller: Taiwan fir (Taiwania cryptomerioides, 亞杉)
- engine: Taiwan acacia (acacia confusa, 相思樹)
- cylinders: Taiwan camphor wood (cinamomum camphora, 樟木)
- wing dowels: teak
- Wheels axles, support: white oak, USA
The Carrie Furnaces [which are the subject of the Shaun O'Boyle photos] supplied the Homestead mills with iron
from its 200 foot high blast furnaces. The molten pig iron would be transported across the river to the
Homestead Works via the hot metal bridge in cigar shaped brick lined rail cars. From there the molten iron would
be transferred to giant two story high ladles and poured into the open hearth furnaces.
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