The repair of structural timbers in historic buildings, and especially churches, along with buildings in general can be demanding and controversial. In historic / listed buildings any timber repairs found to be necessary – usually as a result of wood-boring insect infestation and / or wood-rotting fungi – require a good understanding of the principles and techniques involved, in order to effect a suitable repair strategy. Any repairs undertaken should successfully restore the structural integrity of the timber framework, along with satisfying complex aesthetic and historical requirements. Never easy, or straightforward!
Quite often, large, structural timbers in historic buildings will have been hand worked, or salvaged from earlier work and re-used during the original construction, or in a previous restoration.