…but they did get nailed.
Prohibition Agents Inspecting Bootlegger’s Truck, Oct. 23, 1926
What appeared to be an innocent truckload of lumber turned out to be a bootlegger’s vehicle loaded with prime scotch when the Los Angeles Federal Prohibition Agents smelled the odor of a broken bottle. Investigation disclosed a cleverly conceals trapdoor of board ends leading to the interior, from which 70 cases of liquor were taken. The device is said to be the most ingenious ever caught here.
Photo and caption exhumed by Jeff Burks.
Faculty of Medicine of Paris, library, remodeling the reading room. September 1908. The group of joiners/carpenters who did the work.
Images from, of course, Jeff Burks.
Jeff Burks sent me some fun photos of English joiners circa 1880, and so I think it’s time we held some caption-the-photo contests. Here’s the first photo:
Enter your caption in the comments before midnight Thursday, May 2, 2013. The winner wins a free copy of “The Joiner & Cabinet Maker” audiobook read by Roy Underhill on two CDs. Oh, and the winner is determined by me in the most unscientific manner I can imagine.
— Christopher Schwarz
One of the most essential pieces of woodwork provided by joiners was the coffin – it’s a topic I’ve been doing research on for the “Furniture of Necessity” book. Coffin-making is a fascinating trade with special jigs and construction techniques that have to match the local mores.
As part of the research into coffins, I’m planning on having a coffin party with a bunch of woodworkers where we will all make our own personal vessel – and each will have bookshelves in them until we buy the farm.
It’s interesting to me how even children’s books on woodworking from the 19th century made note of the sometimes-morbid part of the job.
Below is the text from “Was soll ich werden? : ein lehrreiches Bilderbuch von Lothar Meggendorfer.” Text by von Franz Bonn München : Braun & Schneider, 1888. Translation by the ever-sturdy Jeff Burks.
All ‘s let our furniture, table and bench,
the chair, the box and the cabinet,
We thank the cabinetmaker’s diligence,
He knows how to make everything well.
He built us the cradle,
In which we beheld the light of the world –
He once carpentered us the chest,
That we will wear for eternal rest!
Download the entire book scan here.
— Christopher Schwarz
From the 1907 Tiersot & Cie. tool catalog. While the French workbench is known for its typical tool rack on the back of the benchtop, this is the first time I’ve seen it under the benchtop. The catalog features a lot of very interesting tools and worth downloading from Jeff Burks’ web site here. Warning: I’ve been poring over it for the last two days.