But when it comes to the castle itself, Mr Guyot makes no concessions to modernity — except for those mandated by federal workplace requirements. Workers, though dressed in medieval garb, must wear steel-toed boots and safety goggles.
The stones are quarried at the site; the timber is cut from local trees; every nail and tile is made on premises. Knotted ropes are manipulated to measure angles. Two-ton boulders are hoisted by a foot-cranked crane that resembles a giant wooden hamster wheel.
The site manager has had trouble hiring a basket weaver, but there’s a blacksmith on site, a rope maker, a potter, even a flock of sheep to provide wool for castle tapestries.
To cover the construction costs of nearly $1 million per year, the castle needs to draw 150,000 visitors per year. Since it’s only a one hour drive from Branson, Missouri, it might be a real possibility.