Wooden Clocks

Wooden Clocks

Today I began a series of photographs in the Dendrochronology Lab. Here growth rings are counted on slices and rods of trees and timber. Rod-like cores of wood drilled from timbers in historic buildings can be used to date when the timber was felled. This gives a good date for construction of the building. These natural clocks tick away time year-by-year, setting down the passage of time at a steady and slow pace. Each ring has a signature based on the conditions that the tree was growing in. These are compared against a chronological sequence of tree rings that stretches back for thousands of years. This sequence has been created by overlapping the growth rings from older and older trees, beginning with well-dated living trees. It’s cellulose chrono-sequencing that maps time.

I began today with some macro shots of tools, timber and stores.

I hope to return to the labs a number of times to work with the samples, tools, collections and Cathy Tyers who works on the material.

You can see the first photographs here https://billbevansheffieldleverhulme.wordpress.com/photographs/wooden-clocks/


About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.
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