Why MCA?

We went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in the city on Saturday. The main exhibition was by a couple of local artists from the Blue Mountains, combining smell, sight, sound and parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that we don't usually experience. Unfortunately, it's precisely what I spent 6 years working on removing - we … Continue reading Why MCA?

In a spin about fletch wrapping

At most find-sites that have arrows there will be a non-equal mix of S- and Z-wrap on the bindings. The dig report will assert that left-handed fletchers were responsible for those that aren't the majority direction arrow binding, probably without mentioning whether it's the Z- or S- that they are talking about. I can't find where it … Continue reading In a spin about fletch wrapping

Archery, 1645 style

Peasants at Archery, David Teniers the Younger, 1645. Click to zoom in and have a look around. There's enough detail to see that the bows are made from a single stick using the heartwood and sapwood to best effect. The two figures shooting appear to have early recurves with handle binding, the limbs may be spliced within the handle. These … Continue reading Archery, 1645 style

The Black Tapestry of Zamora

The Black Tapestry of Zamora

The Black Tapestry is the one surviving member of a theoretical series of tapestries illustrating Roman history. This one depicts four scenes of  the history of the Roman king Tarquin the Elder (c 616-c 578 BC). Most likely woven in Brussels around 1425, it is now on display in the museum at the Cathedral of Zamora, Spain, possibly … Continue reading The Black Tapestry of Zamora