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On vacation in Sicily and toured Palermo yesterday. The ironwork in the old part of town is truly formidable. The traditional joinery was especially well done, and there is a lot of it.

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City of Cefalu at the Norman Cathedral (12th century) Notice the iron fence and gate (original installation!)

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Here are the close-ups of the joinery.

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I like the half-lap joints.  Most northern European stuff used pierced pass-through joints for that application.  

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Now for you bronze-age guys, I also visited a museum at Marsala where they uncovered a Punic Wars era boat that had been covered by sand for a couple thousand years. No weapons unfortunately, but there were a bunch of lead and bronze nails and a couple of lead anchors. Evidently, the wooden hull was covered with lead sheet and riveted on. I have a couple of better pics of the boat on my camera, and can update when I get home.

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