Category Archives: Historical Images

Raise Your Glass – It’s Jacob Arend Day!

Three hundred years ago today, Jacob Arend (1688-1744), a journeyman cabinetmaker in his brother’s workshop in Würzburg, wrote a letter and hid it in a magnificent Baroque writing cabinet. The letter was not placed in one of the secret drawers … Continue reading

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Abraham Carpenter, An Enterprising Cooper of Philadelphia

Almost 269 years ago Abraham Carpenter, a cooper, advertised his many services in rhyme. This might be the first advertising jingle in the Colonies. He had handsome (hansom) chairs and horses for hire at a time when the city had, … Continue reading

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Origin Stories: The “Palm” or Planing Stop

Lu Ban, born some time between 770 and the 5th century BC, is the divine protector of Chinese carpenters and artisans. He is credited with inventing the basic tool kit of the carpenter and the rules, measurements and rituals associated … Continue reading

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Two Households and a Pair of Star-cross’d Tables

Two massive tables bookending the first half of the 16th century and that is where the similarities end. One has seen hard use and is scarred, the other is fun and frivolous. One mirrors the poor choices made by the … Continue reading

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A Rhode Island Furniture Exhibit, Regional Furniture Studies & Databases

“From colonial times and into the 19th century, every town and hamlet in Rhode Island supported woodworking shops along main streets and wharves and in farmstead backyards. The artisans developed regional styles; every few miles, different floral and striped patterns … Continue reading

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Roman Tools, Mouldings and Hardware at Saalburg

In our research on Roman workbenches and holdfasts, Suzanne Ellison has turned up some images I’ve not seen before that are a remarkable reminder that our tools, mouldings and hardware haven’t changed all that much in 2,000 years. Of particular … Continue reading

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More Misericords: The Carvers

Over the weekend I plowed through several thousand photos on my mission to gather together misericords featuring woodworkings. I found enough examples to split into two posts: today are the carvers and (perhaps) the carpenters will be posted by next … Continue reading

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