Assessment of the condition of wooden mill in the area of Kovačevići in Bosnia and Herzegovina
B Lesar, R Hasanagic, M Humar
An excellent example of cultural and technical heritage is almost 100 year old wooden mills near Cazin in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These mills played an important role, especially in times of Bosnian war (1992-95), when this region was cut off from electricity. The laboratory analysis revealed that the respective mill was made of chestnut (Castanea sativa) and oak (Quercus sp.) wood. The sufficient durability of the respective wood species resulted in the good structural integrity of the mill. The surface of the wood materials in the mills showed partial degradation patterns as a result of weathering over the years. However, the interior parts of the wood materials were intact due to probably the smoke deposits from the open fireplace.
Keywords: cultural heritage, technical heritage, wood, non-destructive assessment, decay