Category Archives: Roman Workbenches

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

Posted in Roman Workbenches, Uncategorized | 21 Comments

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

Posted in Roman Workbenches, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Roman Workbenches, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Roman Workbenches, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Roman Workbenches, in France, for Chairmaking

One of the primary reasons I decided to expand the book “Roman Workbenches” into a larger text was an unexpected gift from Jennie Alexander that was courtesy of John and Eleanor Kebabian. The story starts some months ago when Jennie … Continue reading

Posted in Roman Workbenches | 16 Comments

Second Chance for ‘Roman Workbenches’

Thanks to the good work on the press and the bindery, we are going to have about 150 copies of the letterpress version of “Roman Workbenches” to sell in our online store at the end of May 2017. Yesterday, Megan … Continue reading

Posted in Roman Workbenches | 9 Comments

A Repair for ‘Roman Workbenches’

If you aren’t satisfied printing out an erratum for page 28 of “Roman Workbenches,” here’s a second repair. I am printing out the two missing lines from page 28 on some leftover Mohawk paper from the press run. I will … Continue reading

Posted in Corrections, Roman Workbenches, Uncategorized | 25 Comments