Category Archives: Roman Workbenches

One More Roman Workbench

Before I can complete the expanded edition of “Roman Workbenches,” I have to build a reproduction of the bench I saw at Saalburg this summer – the oldest surviving workbench I know of (about 187 A.D.). I took complete measurements … Continue reading

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Latin American Workbenches in the Colonial Era – Part 1: Mexico, Colombia & Ecuador

While searching for examples of lowrider (Roman-type) workbenches for Chris, I started to find images of workbenches from the Spanish Colonial era in Mexico and South America. As this is a field that is underrepresented, Chris and I thought it … Continue reading

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It Might be a Roman Workbench

My work on the expanded edition of “Roman Workbenches” continues. I need to build one more bench (oh, if I had a dime for every time I’d written those words) and then sort through the pile of research I’ve accumulated, … Continue reading

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Roman Workbenches. Why?

When I got to inspect the two Roman workbenches at the Saalburg fort outside Frankfurt, Germany, my hands shook so much that I had to take a break. Close contact with ancient woodworking technology unsettles me. Why do I become … Continue reading

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2 Roman Workbenches at Saalburg Museum

While I’ve known about the surviving Roman workbenches at Saalburg Museum since reading W.L. Goodman’s classic “The History of Woodworking Tools” (1964) many years ago, I never thought I’d get to examine the benches in detail. On Thursday, archaeologist Rüdiger … Continue reading

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Last Call: ‘Roman Workbenches’ Letterpress Edition

We’ve just put up for sale the final 150 copies of “Roman Workbenches” in letterpress. This is the last time you’ll see them on our site. We’re not reprinting the letterpress book. The book is available to both domestic and … Continue reading

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More Translated Text from Hulot on the Roman Workbench

Woodworker, designer, great cook and all-around nice guy Tom Bonamici volunteered to help translate more sections of M. Hulot’s “L’Art du Tourneur Mécanicien” (1775) that deal with the low workbench. I have devoted lots of brainpower to this bench lately, … Continue reading

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