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Malcolm Lewis

    Thank you, Frank. I am learning much here. The medieval illustrations show small trees being split with axes but to get long planks for the Viking ship must have involved felling large trees. I suppose these could then have been split on the ground. I assume the trees would have been oaks which had many branches and therefore would have been quite knotty. So difficult to visualise the planking process without the aid if saws but then they did it. Maybe the research of Bennett and Hutchison throws some light on the wood working practices of those times.
    I am not familiar with trees of spiral growth. Would oaks be in this category?