Sutyagin’s Moving Castle or Ruskyscraper

Slowly but steadily making my way through all of the Studio Ghibli films, I recently watched Howl’s Moving Castle. It made me remember the wooden skyscraper in Archangelsk I wrote about before.

Apparently the skyscraper is still standing, although it looks like it has deteriorated significantly. I cleaned removed the old broken links from my old article about it and got permission from Nikolai Gernet aka nixette to use one of his photos. Archangelsk has a rich history of wooden architecture and nixette has more photos here and here as well as many other interesting pictures from Archangelsk and of Sutiagin’s wooden skyscraper in particular.

It’s interesting to note that both Russia and Japan have a rich tradition of wooden architecture.

Sutiagin's Wooden SkyscraperHowl's Moving Castle

While looking for info about this, I found another gem: the conceptual design called Ruskyscraper by Eugene Staune who works for Arhitekturium architectural firm. It’s supposed to have 25 stories of 10.8ft each made primarily out of wood and glass. The articles describe it as economical, but I really doubt that– if there’s anything that I’ve learned from watching The New Yankee Workshop, wood can be very expensive. This project would probably use laminated engineered lumber, so I guess it could be doable.

The floor plan seems to be rather wasteful, but hey, this is a concept design, not something that is probably going to be built.

Sometimes a Woodworking Tool is Just a Woodworking Tool

My wife giggles every time Norm Abram says “dado” on New Yankee Workshop. An explanation that “woodworkers use dado blades to cut joints” doesn’t help things. On the other hand that could explain why I find New Yankee Workshop one of the most relaxing shows on TV.

As I learned at Home Depot there’s another thing that bridges a gap woodworking and Freudian Analysis — Freud brand saws.

They make dados too.

By the way, notice the price of the blade. Doesn’t that prove that 47 is in fact the most common random number? Not convinced? Check out .

Random bit of knowledge that I learned from Norm: there are saws that are for cutting with the grain that are called rip saws and those for cutting across that are called crosscut saws. Also Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke and European ones cut on the push. I am a big fan of Shark Corporation Japanese saws.