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Raising equipment

Hemp rope used with a raising crane. Hoisting using a crane in Picardy, June 1913.

For any significant raising task, a carpenter used ropes of various diameters. This hemp rope is 3.5 cm in diameter; it is the largest one that Paul Dubois used for raising with a wooden crane. On one end, it was wound around a winch, while on the other it lifted a piece of wood. Ropes needed to be stored in a dry place and carefully checked. Paul Dubois's ropes were made at the Saint-Frères plant in Saint-Ouen in the Somme. When he retired, Paul kept his ropes, but used his large raising cranes for firewood.

The tightening screw is an unusual tool that offers a good illustration of how country carpenters had to be inventive in the absence of mechanisation. This is how Paul Dubois came to use this screw, which was used to adjust the brakes on farm wagons, to tighten assemblies in post and beam houses. By adding a cable or a strong rope, it could provide powerful traction to re-establish balance or adjust disjointed assemblies in a structure needing repair. All one had to do was turn the handle to tighten the screw and make the cable taut. This procedure is unique and entirely Paul's invention.

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Muidorge (France)
Muidorge (France)