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Caption Challenge with an Elephant!

The image is from 1634 and needs a caption. ‘Nusquam tuta fides’ translates as ‘no trust is ever sure’ but don’t let that get in your way. –Suzanne Ellison

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Clothing-optional Caption Challenge!

      Tune-up your think melons and caption this painting. The painting is 17th-century and by an unknown Italian artist. The companion painting featured unclad blacksmiths. –Suzanne Ellison

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I Made This !

In 1559 Richard Dale, a local carpenter, completed an addition to Little Moreton Hall that included a large bay window to light the new dining room. The estate owner was apparently very pleased with the job and allowed Dale to … Continue reading

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Today’s New York Times has a nice article about the Wandergesellen, the journeymen tradition, that continues in parts of Europe. There are loads of photos and you can read it here. It also confirms that bell-bottoms never go out of … Continue reading

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Latin American Workbenches in the Colonial Era – Part II: Peru, Bolivia, Argentina & Paraguay

In Part II includes more benches and angels, a new painting style, a mystery and a few other things. Get your snacks and drinks ready. Peru Peru starts in Cuzco, capital city of the Incas, and with the Quecha painter … Continue reading

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Latin American Workbenches in the Colonial Era – Part 1: Mexico, Colombia & Ecuador

While searching for examples of lowrider (Roman-type) workbenches for Chris, I started to find images of workbenches from the Spanish Colonial era in Mexico and South America. As this is a field that is underrepresented, Chris and I thought it … Continue reading

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Caption Challenge!

Come on, you witty and waggish woodworkers!  Caption this illustration.   From  ‘Livre d’Amour’ by Pierre Sala, first quarter of the 16th-century. Collection of the British Library. — Suzanne Ellison Editor’s note: I closed the comments after people began interpreting … Continue reading

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