Ridgepole


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Ridgepole

 

(in Russian, okhlupen’,) in wooden architecture, the highest horizontal timber of a roof. In Russian wooden structures, the ends of the ridgepole often were carved. Ridgepoles were sometimes used in stone architecture, for example, in the religious buildings of medieval Pskov.

ridgeboard, ridgepole

ridgeboard
A longitudinal member at the apex of a roof which supports the
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The hay carrier track ran 3 or 4 feet outside the end of the barn where it was supported by an extension to the ridgepole.
To start, thread the ridgepole through the opening at either end of the canvas on the tent's peak, leaving equal lengths protruding from the ends.
The three largest post holes are likely to have been put there to carry the heaviest load, logically a ridgepole.
The lobsters' heads rose to a point, the sides resembling roofs falling down from a ridgepole.
We are aware that we are doing something and are thus prepared to follow the event's traces as far as need be, beyond the sea and the mountains and the ridgepole at the world's end and the attendant generations.
I deconstructed the essay, whittling it down to its ridgepole of logic.
The word translated as "ultimate" here, ji [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], in fact means ridgepole, and is used in classical texts to convey a number of related meanings, often at the same time.
The tahu, for example, refers not only to the ridgepole of the house but also to important tupuna (ancestors), starting with the original tupuna.
Glance upward into the roof and you will catch a glimpse of the images of Rangi and Papa, carved into an extension of the ridgepole.
ellipsis in the text] Land where the morning mist is fUrled Like smoke above the ridgepole of the world.
Alcott has heard that I laughed, and so set the people laughing, at his arbor, though I never laughed louder than when I was on the ridgepole.
When the hay hooks came in contact with the overhead pulley at the peak of the mow door, a lever would automatically engage, and the dangling bales would begin to travel horizontally on a rail suspended from the ridgepole of the barn roof.