I am a professional woodworker [ mundanely ] , as well as a re-enactor of the late-15th century Period in English and Breton History; - And I have a copy ofMessage 1 of 4 , Feb 21, 2008View SourceI am a professional woodworker ["mundanely"] , as well as a re-enactor of the late-15th century Period in English and Breton History; - And I have a copy of "Before The Mast" [ beginning to look "well-used", because I have consulted it so much in creating "cool stuff " for our personal medieval encampment]..Looking at the illustrations of the surviving carpenters' tools in the book, - it does not seem to me to be too difficult to make replicas of the wooden brace, the planes, etc. - - should I ever need such things - using my workshop's modern facilities .In Service to the Light, and to Drachenwald,Matthew Baker
"Bruce S. R. Lee" <bsrlee2@...> wrote:The steel cranked shaft brace is definitely not period. There were
wooden cranked shaft braces, but the off set of the crank seems to
have been fairly small - far too easy to break the thing. They also
seem to have had a fixed bit - no mechanical chucks. Unless you want
to commi$$ion someone to make you one. ypu would be better off doing
some research & making your own.
'Before the Mast' from the Mary Rose Trust has the best exactly
dateable carpentry tools within its pages. Otherwise there are a few
books on 'museum grade' old tools from the pre-industrial age - 'The
Art of Fine Tools' by Sandor Nagyszalanczy particularly springs to
mind - inter-library loans is your friend (I got mine as a
remaindered book years ago).
Brusi of Orkney
>Dave <warbow67@yahoo. com> wrote:
>Is there anyone who sells a replica Bit & Brace?