I was doing research for my last A&S project and found a viking ship burial
with artifacts all made out of oak. On another ship burial, with almost
identical items, they were all made out of beech. Now, there has to be a
reason for that. My assumption was that the first artisan had access to a
ready supply of oak, while the other had access to a ready supply of beech.
Certainly in modern times we use specific woods for specific projects. But
did they in period? My guess is not nearly as much. If I were a perion
craftsman making a use item rather then a show item, my first concern for
the material is that is met the weight or strength that I needed for that
Lord Rhys, Capten gen y Arian Lloer
Privateer to the Midrealm
Arafu at dawnsio mewn adlaw
...Take time to dance in the rain...
>You're making a piece. In period they would have used X, which is all
>well and good if you happen to have ready access to it, but in fact all
>you have access to is the common domestics and the occasional African or
>Australian exotic that the guys at the local hardwood shop sells. What
>species do you use?
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