Cheaper by half compared to buying the DVD.
...that's already paid for by the British public...
As you say, it's already paid for by the British public, I see no reason to give it away overseas.
I do question the assertion about tools only being made on site. That doesnt seem very historical. There was plenty of trade in the past. Things like rope and metal were traded far and wide. Making things on site was ussually the cheaper option where possible but, as the OP states, castles were not purely local efforts.
Can you share something about your experience there? Any options for non-french speaking to participate?
For non-french speaking people I would say just go there I'm sure you'll find people speaking english that will help you, it should not be a problem. Here is the page about volunteering:
Just use google translation for it if you cannot read french
If I go as a lowly peasant (backpacker) can I show up with empty pockets/stomach (broke backpacker) and a keen interest (hungry) to contribute (fealty) and live in my hut (tent) and apprentice (learn) for free (intern)?
Or on top of the plug of an ancient volcano!
(also made into a PBS program in the '80s)
Very nice book; also he has ones about building Cathedrals, Pyramids, Roman cities and New England water-mills.
It wasn't done with nearly any of the requirements listed in the article, nor one the scale required for an actual castle, but it was pretty cool to visit and see.
The rather delicious irony is that it's the birthplace of Henry Tudor, who ended up taking the English throne.
And don't use reinforced concrete; steel, even stainless steel, rusts over time, and the goal is to have something still serviceable a millennium later with ordinary maintenance.
Thanks... broke my no gaming before 11pm or kids asleep whichever comes first rule... Good thing I'm on a mini-sabbatical. (ie between contracts)
Didn't give up on my dream though!
(geez, some don't get jokes)