Thanks Ken for the wonderful group of historic restoration photos employed in France by what appears to be a very skilled group of artisans.
they sure employ some mean techniques of hewing and certainly broadens my knowledge on that subject somewhat.
Standing on top of the log hewing seems to be a method employed by tradesmen in a broad spectrum of the area from Frsnce eastward to Sweden and that whole general area.
It would be interesting to know if there is any indication that hewing was accomplished standing beside the log like here in North America --at least by a good share of the early pioneers.
What puzzles me somewhat is the UEL"s that came here in Ontario about 1784 generally were from Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and England used the beside the log technique seemingly contadictory to what was done in the olde country of origin.