Bargeboard

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For the aerodynamic device, see Bargeboard (aerodynamics).
In New Orleans, bargeboard refers to the wood from which many of the creole cottages were constructed in the early to mid-1800s-- barges were constructed up river to carry goods to new orleans and upon arrival dismantled and used for construction of houses (well, obviously, the barges couldn't float back upriver!) ... the planks are generally 2 inches thick and of varying lengths and widths (although 10 inch width is common)... incredibly hard, solid wood that has lasted between 150-200 years in a wet, humid climate.
Ornate bargeboards to the gable end of a temple in Chang Mai Thailand
The Saitta House, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, built in 1899 has a thick bargeboard.[1]

Bargeboard (probably from Medieval Latin bargus, or barcus, a scaffold, and not from the now obsolete synonym "vergeboard") is a board fastened to the projecting gables of a roof to give them strength, protection, and to conceal the otherwise exposed end of the horizontal timbers or purlins of the roof to which they were attached. Bargeboards are sometimes moulded only or carved, but as a rule the lower edges were cusped and had tracery in the spandrels besides being otherwise elaborated. The richest example in Britain is one at Ockwells in Berkshire (built 1446–1465), which is moulded and carved as if it were intended for internal work.[2]

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  1. ^ Saitta House – Report Part 1”,DykerHeightsCivicAssociation.com
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bargeboard". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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