To pond or not to pond....

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Over the years many people speculated that the Cremonese 'ponded' (soaking in water for a long period) their wood, either intentionally or unintentianlly as part of the transport process. Presumable this changed the chracteristics of the wood and explains the success of their creations. This paper by Barlow and Woodhouse appeared in 1990 and looks at the evidence around this theory.

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