Category: History

Another box

Another box

Mum liked the oak box so much she asked me to make one for her. She asked for flowers in the decoration, I've been waiting until I gave it to her before posting anything here. I've made a typical Tudor candle box for her, 10 inches by 4 in English oak, with pegged construction throughout. … Continue reading Another box

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I have a lovely box

I have a lovely box

In early November I spent a week at one of Peter Follansbee's Making a Carved Oak Box workshops. This one was held at Rundell and Rundell's workshop in Kyneton in country Victoria. Unusually, I'm not going to say how it's done. I'm just going to share some photos from the week. Peter has an excellent article … Continue reading I have a lovely box

The Nydam Quiver – part 4

A brief recap before finishing the leatherwork, just in case anyone is playing along at home. You've probably worked out by now that in the process of making this one, I have developed a dissenting view on Rau's proposed method of manufacture. Rau had no evidence of splitting or glue from the find site and … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 4

The Nydam Quiver – part 3

So this happened. The sinew is in place, I found it moved rather a lot depending on temperature and humidity, and at the times of high humidity, the sinew was relaxing at exactly the time as the glue on the side seam was softening and the timber was trying to lengthen. The quiver was basically … Continue reading The Nydam Quiver – part 3

Would you believe… two spectacles?

Would you believe… two spectacles?

Another from the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg. This is from the same photo as the one I copied my case made by Lienhardt Fraischlich from. I did make a tool for setting the ends of the wire hinges, the finish on these is better than on mine. That's two of us that now no longer have excessively short arms. 

Exeter Cathedral

There's any number of ways of looking at cathedrals. Some see them as an ostentatious display of the wealth of the church, a symbol of power and possibly a tool of oppression of the masses. The most interesting tours I've been on were in Durham, where the guide was passionate about the geology of the … Continue reading Exeter Cathedral

Making a spectacle…

Making a spectacle…

It all began with a Geneva Bible at St Ives last year. The 1560 edition, to be precise. That's the first one with the numbered verses and the Roman typeface and wonderfully seditious marginal notes. You may know of it as the “Breeches Bible”. I was holding out for a “Wicked Bible”, but the price was too … Continue reading Making a spectacle…