Craftsmen urge Notre Dame rebuild with medieval techniques

As debate continues on the architectural style and materials to be employed in the rebuilding of the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, an association of carpenters is arguing for axe-hewn oak wood to be used for the roof frame, as in the 13th century, and its members have gathered at a workshop in Normandy to build a truss for the iconic landmark using medieval techniques.

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Experts in medieval building techniques from across Europe have arrived in France on a mission to prove their skills can be called upon to reconstruct Notre Dame’s oak frame roof in its original form, reports The Times.