Now that Bob had the white oak* at hand, he and Paul began the process of shaping it into its correct form.
They hand-hewn the oak into a post, with a tenon joint, which joined the two pieces of wood – the original white oak post and the newly hewn white oak – without any screws or hardware. This was how the Colonial Americans would have joined two boards together, making the repair a true restoration.
*What is so special about white oak as opposed to other types of oak? White oak is waterproof; a prized wood for home construction. Our old home is constructed primarily of white oak, which may be why it has survived for three and a half centuries.