Category Archives: Historical Images

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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A Gallery of Misericords: The Woodworkers

After carving scenes from the Bible, parables, the local trades and a full range of human foibles a carver of misericords might turn his skills to a depiction of his craft. The Kings Lynn Master Carver is probably the most well-known … Continue reading

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From ‘La Femme de Charpentier’ to the ‘Lumberjill’

Just as the craft guilds continued to limit or eliminate woman from the home-based workshop a change was underway in defining the roles men and women play in society. As the nature of each sex was defined, under a more … Continue reading

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Craftswomen and the Guilds

In the last quarter of the 13th century Etienne Boileau compiled “Livres des Métiers” which documented the codes and traditions of the more important Parisian crafts. About 500 years later an English researcher reviewed Boileau’s work and found of the 100 … Continue reading

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My Favorite Image of Noah’s Ark

In our research we study a lot of Biblical images for their woodworking content – thank the someone that Jesus was a carpenter. My favorite Biblical image is one that Jeff Burks sneaked into a working folder of images from … Continue reading

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