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LostArtPress on InstagramFace vises show up on workbenches about the 14th century. The first image of a face vise I’m aware of is in a northern Italian drawing of woodworkers building Noah’s Ark. The vises on low workbenches hold the work for planing edges, ripping, cutting tenons and many other tasks. It would be tempting to think that vises this massive were used for large-scale work only, but the historical record tends to differ. Take a look at the nuts and chop on (the above painting), “La Sagrada Familia,” by Juan del Castillo (1634- 1636), a Spanish baroque painter. This bench has a remarkably massive benchtop supported by stubby legs that are joined with end stretchers. The vise chop seems to run the entire length of the benchtop and is driven by massive ellipse-shaped nuts. From the painting, it appears that you rotate the nuts counterclockwise to tighten the vise screws. This is reverse from the modern “lefty loosey; righty tighty” scheme, and is a fairly common in early representations of bench screws. I’m fascinated as to when (and how) screws became standardized. But that’s for another book. In this scene, Jesus and Joseph use a frame saw together to either rip a board or saw a tenon’s cheek. This activity is interesting to me because it echoes the way French menuisiers are shown ripping veneers on a low workbench in the 18th century’s “l’Art du menuisier.” Also worth putting in your craw: When you start looking at a lot of New World workbenches from areas conquered by the Spanish, you’ll see lots of these massive vises and the screws will be longer, sometimes freakishly long. Why? I have no clue. — from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz #Ingenious_MechanicksOne of my favorite woodworkers and persons in the general sense. He has passion, good humor and a sharp tongue in spades. And we are pleased to announce that you can now pre-order the new book, “Joiner’s Work,” from @peterfollansbee in our store.I’m checking the final proof of Peter Follansbee’s (@peterfollansbee) new book “Joiner’s Work” this morning. It should be available for pre-publication ordering this evening for $49. Pre-orders will get a free pdf of the book at check-out. It’s a big and spectacular work.
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Category Archives: By Hand & Eye
English oak coffer; 16th century. (Image from Wiki Commons, public domain.) The once ubiquitous coffer (from the Greek “kophinos” – a basket; later from the French “coffre” – a chest) was also referred to as a “strong box” – because … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “By Hand and Eye” by Geo. R. Walker and Jim Tolpin. “[Architectural ornamentation] liberates us from the tyranny of the useful and satisfies our need for harmony.” — Roger Scruton Traditionally, ornament and mouldings were employed to punctuate and emphasize a form. … Continue reading
Editor’s note: Sorry, this post is not about “Game of Thrones.” George and I often get asked which book should be read first, and we don’t have a quick answer. Because our research has been a quest, we didn’t write … Continue reading
The first magazine article George Walker ever published appeared in Astronomy Magazine. At the time, he was working a lot of hours as the midnight shift supervisor at The Timken Company, a Canton, Ohio, factory that engineers and manufactures bearings … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “By Hand and Eye” by Geo. R. Walker and Jim Tolpin. The lifeblood of craft has always depended on knowledge passing from one generation to the next, and I struggle finding words to convey the importance … Continue reading
In early March 2017, Jim Tolpin woke up in the middle of the night with a revelation: He finally understood where trigonometry comes from. “I was actually just working on that when you called,” he says. “And I actually think … Continue reading