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originally posted by: dragonridr
originally posted by: redchad
a reply to: Terpene
I've been to coral Castle, none of the stones are that big that they can't be manhandled with a block and tackle and building skills. His tools are on display in a small hut he used but the block and tackle are not there but if you research the photos in the visitors centre one can be seen in the background
His friend wrote a book about how he did it. It included pictures and diagrams explaining how
"Mr. Can't Is Dead! The Story of the Coral Castle" by Orval Irwin he actually worked for him and helped him move the castle from its original location. Leedskalnin himself said that that he did it using hard work and the principles of leverage.
originally posted by: Athetos
In my opinion the most interesting aspect of coral castle is the alleged large stone revolving door that could be open and closed with one finger. They say it fell off its bearing but who can say.
a reply to: sine.nomine
originally posted by: Byrd
That's really not convincing.
Mythical giants, finely machined wood from a commercial saw mill that's free of knots and flaws, from specially bred trees in a commercial forest hundreds of miles away, micro-tolerance drills for making holes, and a level grass lawn.
Let me give some details of what hit me as being implausible: the distance from where they mined the sarsen stones and the henge itself is not level ground (by any means). It crosses two rivers (including a fairly large one), brush, a few streams, valleys, hills, and a ridge or two.
Oh, and the ground is uneven.
The wood itself is not local (they didn't run out and cut down those trees themselves) and is well planed and sanded. If you've ever watched Barnwood Builders, you'll have a good idea of what hand cut timber looks like. It's not a sawmill product. A hand hewn board that thin isn't going to be as strong.
And then there's the modern ball bearings. The objects they showed would chew up the wood if they placed them in those holes.
Finally, it's stable and usable (sort of) only on level ground. If they put that thing on a slope (and there's a LOT of slopes between the quarry and Stonehenge), it'd fall over and kill someone.
ANYone can come up with an idea, if you ignore a lot of things and use modern materials.
originally posted by: Hooke
originally posted by: Byrd
Actually a fairly old idea that Ed copied. I think the mechanism goes back to Hero of Alexandria. I know that one of the German castles had a grotto with a door like that (either Neuschwanstein or Linderhof)
The Venus Grotto at Linderhof?