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LostArtPress on InstagramOne measure that provides a good indication of the lifespan of a tree species is the “root-to-shoot” ratio of seedling trees. Most trees have a root-to-shoot ratio of less than one, i.e., where the total mass of the seedling tree is 100 percent, then the mass of the roots will comprise less than 50 percent of the total – there are more shoots above ground than there are roots underground. The ratio of root-to-shoot of most oak seedlings ranges between four and six, i.e., between 17 percent and 25 percent of the seedling mass is above ground and between 75 percent and 83 percent is underground. Some oaks have a quite staggering ratio of one part above ground to 10 parts, or more, below. This makes the root systems of oaks quite exceptional in comparison to many other tree species, even those grown in similar geographical locations. — from “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” by Richard Jones #cut_and_driedMullet. When a frame is being grooved for a panel, either by plough, router, circular saw or spindle moulder, it is advisable to groove an off-cut of hardwood with the same setting. This is a mullet. When the panels are being fielded this is used to test the edge thickness. It can be easily slid the length of the panel and is more convenient than using a frame member. — from “The Solution at Hand” by Robert Wearing #The_Solution_at_HandI think we are building 17 chairs this week @marcadamsschoolofwoodworking. At any other school I’d be browning my trousers at the thought of 17 students in a chair class. But not here. The staff and facility make it as easy as teaching one student.
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Category Archives: Ingenious Mechanicks
One of the things we strive to do at Lost Art Press is give away as much information as we possibly can, whilst still eating, sheltering and being (you’re welcome) fully clothed. And so today we are offering my 2017 … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Throw the Bench Down the Well It’s not unusual to find Roman artifacts stashed in wells. Archaeologists have recovered thousands of tools, domestic goods, nails and even coins from the bottoms of Roman wells. … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Many visitors to my shop are intrigued by the low Roman-style workbenches (especially the children, who play Whac-A-Mole with the pegs). The most frequent questions I hear are: Were the Romans Lilliputians? And is this low … Continue reading
In our research for “Ingenious Mechanicks,” we translated parts of a codex from 1505 that was written and illustrated by Martin Löffelholz. In it, Löffelholz showed what are likely the first modern workbenches with a tail vise and face vise. … Continue reading
Many of you have been asking about some of our newer titles, with specific questions about content and wondering if these books are right for you. So we have assembled pdf excerpts for each of these books, which you are … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Sometimes I wonder why I research old workbenches, build them and write about them. I know my critics and friends wonder the same thing. The truth is, I have a gland – well, it feels … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. The first time I saw the bench in Peter Nicholson’s “Mechanic’s Companion” (1831), I thought: That’s not right – the benchtop has only a planing stop. There are no holes for holdfasts, dogs or other … Continue reading