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trunnel (TRUN-l) noun
Treenail, a wooden peg that swells when wet, used for fastening timbers, especially in shipbuilding.
[Variant of treenail.]
"Speak to Milton Graton -- the world's preeminent covered-bridge
restorer -- and you speak to a surgeon with broadax, a genius
of trunnels, a man who says 'To hell with contracts; I work by
"Jim Wagner, who describes himself as 'a boat guy' from Lancaster, Pa.,
has been helping with the project since the first frames went into place.
He says he must have milled thousands of trunnels, the wooden nails that
hold the deck planks in place."
This week's theme: yours to discover.
A bit beyond perception's reach / I sometimes believe I see / that life is two locked boxes / each containing the other's key. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)