Category Archives: Roman Workbenches

The Change of Seasons (Covington Style)

It’s been almost six months since my last haircut and three months since my last shave. This is not intentional. I simply don’t care what I look like or what others think of my visage (hey, a Fancy Lad term!). … Continue reading

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New Face Vises; New Title for a Book

Before heading out for Charleston, S.C., to visit my dad, I added a couple face vises to my circa 1505 Holy Roman Workbench. These vises have no screws and no real jaws. Instead they clamp the work with a wedge. … Continue reading

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Authentic Finish for a Roman Workbench

The only thing that disappoints me about my Saalburg workbench is the finish. It’s not jet black like the original I studied in Germany in June. Of course, when the bench was thrown down a well circa 200 A.D., it … Continue reading

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‘Roman Workbenches’ Isn’t Quite Right

Today I glued up my recreation of the Roman workbench from the Saalburg fort and museum outside Frankfurt, Germany. The Saalburg bench is, as far as I know, the oldest surviving workbench from about 187 A.D. And as I pounded … Continue reading

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Editor’s Journal: Summer is Over

On Friday – I think it was Friday – I had my first normal day since June 7, which is the day I left for Germany to see the Saalburg workbench and teach at Dictum GmbH. Since that trip I’ve been … Continue reading

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Saalburg Workbench: The First Cut

When a woodworker threw two workbenches down well No. 49 at the Roman fort at Saalburg 1,800 years ago, he (or she) likely anticipated retrieving the benches once the Germanic tribes attacking the fort (or attacking the nearby limes) were … Continue reading

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Roman Workbenches & the Trail of Artworks

I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in the research for the book on Roman workbenches, it became a text that would feel at home in the “art history” section of a bookstore. Researcher Suzanne Ellison, who … Continue reading

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