11097Re: [MedievalSawdust] Guidance
- Feb 21, 2009The tapestry is early-to mid-16th century North European (probably
Netherlandish or French). So dovetails aren't out of the question for
box-corner joinery, in fact they would be quite appropriate. I don't
know of any surviving boxlooms, but have seen a fair number of small
coffers and larger chests from this period in European museums. Many of
them are dovetail-joined. Some are butted and nailed, or treenailed
(wooden nails); I've never seen one that was just glued. Quite often,
even with dovetail joinery, the corners are reinforced with metal
brackets, nailed or riveted in place. I have a number of photos of
these if you're interested; a few are in the folder "Dovetails" in the
Photos section for this Group.
Many types of wood were used for these coffers. Oak, beech, and walnut
are common; linden was also used for carved coffers. I can get some
documentary references later if you need them. You'll want quartersawn
wood if you can get it, to reduce warping.
A simple box with butted and treenailed joints is a pretty good project
for a beginning woodworker. Adding the metal brackets will
significantly increase durability, but also complexity; you'll want to
fabricate your own brackets.
> I have posted a picture of a tapestry in a album titled Cibella.
> I am a weaver and would like to recreate the boxloom on the lap of the
> woman in the left of the picture. My skills and knowledge in wood
> working are very limited (read NONE).
> Could any of you provide me with the type of wood that would have been
> used in period and a source for documentation?
> I am also unsure of the type of joins this type of item would have.
> >From the little I have read it seems that nails, dovetails or simple
> butted ends with glue were used during this time frame.
> I would like to enter this as an A&S entry so documentation is very
> important. I also plan to use this loom to weave on so durability as
> well as weight are something I need to consider.
> Thank you in advance for your help
> Cibella Monmouth
> mka Barbara tenBroek
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