132RE: [medievalsawdust] Sneakin' up on period (was: Viking ? Chair)
- Oct 3, 2002Charles said:
>I like to be "close to authentic" to a point... but, for example, I rarelyuse period woods... primarily because the stuff I build is intended for
fairly regular use. Good ol' #2 common pine is lighter (makes the truck
happy) and cheaper (makes the wife happy) that other materials... and if it
gets dinged up I feel less upset about it than if it were European Walnut or
some period species of oak...
There was a point where I would have agreed with this. Then one day I
needed a fairly wide piece of knot free pine. Great googly moogly! My
choices were this weird composite stuff - like oversized butcher block - and
paying though the nose. Since then I've kind of leaned towards white oak
for my SCA furniture needs. While a board foot of white oak weighs more
than a board foot of pine, I can get by with thinner material, so the weight
of the project isn't too much more. More importantly, it's much more
durable than pine, so it doesn't ding with nearly the vigor pine does.
>to truly "get period", in my opinion, you'd have to use period tools onperiod woods with period fastenings/adhesives and period finishes... etc.,
True, but I think there is another level in there. There is a true period
reproduction with all that implies, but there is also a level of
reproduction that isn't absolutely period, but would require disassembly of
the piece, chemical analysis or the like to prove it.
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