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What about the best timber to reinforce the bank of a stream? Sometimes wet, sometimes dry... I (will) have access to living willlow, eucalyptus, sweet chestnut, alder... Leaning towards alder, unless that's better constantly wet? (I seem to remember Venice is built on alder piles, so constant wet may be best).

Might also be able to get hold of a few loads of large stones / small rocks, but access to the stream bank in question is difficult for anything large...

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Sweet chestnut is great for this but must be under 15-20% moisture content or it's just not seasoned.
Once dry should last 10-20 years minimum, probably longer.
Oak heart is as good if not better, but only if properly seasoned too.

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The traditional wood to use is Elm. Probably impossible to source for obvious reason. Drainage boards used planks/boards. Not sure what stakes they used. Also Elm was used for coffins:cool1:


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2 hours ago, richyrich said:

I missed this one..

Tiz why the Dutch made their cogs out of Alder, won't rot in water. K

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More the pity. Venice is a fucking shithole. I’ll be glad when it’s sunk.

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