|Barcelona in the distance|
It is not a surprise then that brick and stone were the preferred building materials. And in many places where we would have used wood, wrought iron and other forms of metal work prevailed.
|door at the Gaudi basilica|
Over the last couple of years Eva and I have taken southern vacations where I have seen palm trees. Naturally I have wondered about the wood available from a palm. ( don't snicker you worldly wise ones. I am a simple man from small town northern Ontario, at heart)
While in Barcelona we were walking through a local park where we saw this stump. (pop can to show scale). This was big palm tree and when it was cut down it left a stump that is similar to a tree stump except the fiber in it is much less densely packed. The palm looks more like a giant weed stem and not like a tree at all. It does explain why there are is no palm lumber, though one does see pole and beam construction using palm logs.