Category Archives: Roman Workbenches

‘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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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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