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LostArtPress on InstagramThis stage of construction always makes me think of the Iron Throne.The period which concerns us is from around 1700 to the late 19th century. At this time, without railways or roads, about three-quarters of the country was inaccessible to any kind of heavy or bulky load. If it would not go on the back of a pack animal, it didn’t go! If you add the poverty of centuries to this poor transportation there are two major effects on the lives of the smallholder, farmer and villager in inland Wales. The first is that the people individually, and the villagers corporately, had to be self-sufficient in nearly everything. The second effect was that the people were not influenced by the fashions of their more urban contemporaries. If they made an object, whatever it was, a pot, a shawl, a spoon, an implement or a piece of furniture, the overriding parameters of the design were availability of materials and fitness for use. This produced traditional and unique designs, from clothing to the construction of their dwellings. So the tradition accumulated which was unique to their particular area. Another area had another design. With the passing of time, and increasing populations, men travelled to find work, or visited the coastal seaports, and in this way new ideas would come. In this atmosphere a type of Welsh furniture evolved, including the Welsh stick chair. — from “Welsh Stick Chairs” by John Brown #Welsh_Stick_ChairsMoulding planes typically come in two flavors: The simple section of a circle (either convex or concave), or a complex moulding that is formed fully by one plane. Each has its advantages in the shop. What is most useful from Moxon’s description is his mention of the different pitches available for these planes. Softer woods use lower-pitched irons and lower angles on their irons (12 degrees, according to Moxon, which seems low). And harder woods use higher pitches – up to 80 degrees, which seems rather high from the old planes I’ve seen. Typical moulding planes, even early ones, would use higher pitches, but I’ve never seen an 80-degree pitch moulding plane. Typically, these planes top out at a 60-degree pitch in my experience. — from “Art of Joinery” by Joseph Moxon; commentary by Christopher Schwarz #The_Art_of_Joinery
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Category Archives: Historical Images
Medieval homes were sparsely furnished, and each piece usually would have more than one function. One of the intriguing bench styles that can be found in many manuscript images is the bench with a flip-able back rest. The form seems … Continue reading
This time last year Chris Schwarz and Narayan Nayar were in Naples, Italy. In between consuming vast quantities of pizza they made a visit to Pompeii to study and photograph a fresco depicting a Roman workbench (Daedalus and Queen Pasiphae … Continue reading
Although Saint Joseph was a carpenter it can be a challenge to find him working as such in many paintings of the Holy Family. Prior to his rejuvenation during the Counter-Reformation he was often an ancillary figure, off to the … Continue reading
While sifting through bushels of old images for the research for “Ingenious Mechanicks,” Chris and I would often come across some odd something or other that made us scratch our heads. To give you a look behind the scenes, I’ll … Continue reading
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
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
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