Medieval James Himself

Medieval James Himself
Guide at Ozark Medieval Fortress

Friday, February 25, 2011

Medieval Door Lock

“How will they hang the doors on the stone carved frames and can they make them lock?”  This question has been asked at the Ozark Medieval Fortress when the tour has been with the masons at work. 

The construction of what seems a simple door is actually very involved.  The door opening has to be in the just right place. With the walls 5-foot thick, you don’t give Sept25 (27)the builders a change order!  The edges of the door opening, both outside and inside, require carved stones that receive a wooden frame to hold the door.  The stones above have to be carefully placed to support incredible weight above.  The masons do this by first having a lintel stone and above that an arch with meticulously shaped and placed stones  In order to lock the door, the masons preplan and place squared and hollow holes in the wall that hold a wooden oak beam that later can be slid out of the wall behind the door.  The door itself was hung on iron hinges made by the blacksmith. 

When things are “set in stone”, it takes a lot of planning.  That is a saying that has lasted to our modern day and definitely applies to building a Medieval castle. 

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