727Re: [medievalsawdust] Chests book
- Jun 11, 2003Tim Bray wrote:
> Magnus script:You bought it before I made the suggestion to Jack. ;)
>>Incidentally, those of you who received free copies from
>>Jack Thompson of the English Medieval Chests book.
> Free?! I paid for mine - and it was Well worth it.
Sorry about that. But I thought I had included you
in the list I sent him. The people doing at least
semi-pro work with pages on the internet.
I paid about $45 for the original two articles.
Jack gave me two books when he reprinted them and
rebound my articles. Anything else I've done with them
was by buying two dozen and selling them here in Atlantia.
I sent Jack names for various page maintainers who had
articles on medieval woodworking on their pages.
I know I did Fin and Charles Oakley and a few others.
I also sent him the names of various book dealers/sutlers
to the SCA and other reenactors to send various samples to.
Smoke and Fire's best seller has been the largely modern
Chests book that is current. At Pennsic I stopped by and
gave them his address and a description same as various
other dealers. I don't think they picked it up. Dumb.
They had told me that they sold over 200 of the non-period
chests book in their winter catalog alone.
I know Jack sends a copy of his .pdf to Amazon every time
they request an order. That doesn't necessarily mean they
list all the new books though. That would take a bit of
effort on someone's part to go back and cross-check.
As far as I know Jack is not on any booksearch system,
although he is talking about getting to the age he's
thinking about listing his library of 4,000 books on
abebooks (which takes 20% of the sale). Bookfinder.com
is about $25 per month so much cheaper.
Were I a merchant I feel fairly certain hundreds could
easily be sold at Pennsic. The event I took fourteen
to had 120 people and they were gone in about three hours.
The other ten were all snatched up locally. Many
>> - I wouldPlease put in Jack's address.
>>appreciate it if you referenced it on your medieval woodworking
> Good idea. I'm working on one for clamped-front chests, along the lines of
> the one I did for beds, but with more details.
Actually, when I merchanted in the SCA pre-disability I bought
and priced things according to what everyone could afford.
Generally in the $5 to $20 range.
Here's a thought. A $13 book can be afforded by anyone and
a $200+ chest can't generally. Master Finnr was carrying both
the Mastermyr Chest: A Viking Age Tool-chest from Gotland $18
which I pestered Norm Larson books into reprinting and was
carrying some of Jack's books as well. Unfortunately poor
Finnr died last February at age 42 of a heart attack. He
was planning on expanding into much of the rest of Jack's
offerings. Jack prints esoteric subjects. The market for
these things is wide open.
Norm Larson Books, 5426 E. Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA 93436.
Fax 805-735-8367, Ph 800-743-4766
Postage is $2 for first book
plus $.50 for each additional book to a maximum of $5.00
As I recall, a dozen of the chests books were $88 post paid,
or $7.33 each and they sell for $12.95 plus tax. You get a
reasonable profit of $5.72 each, they require virtually no
work, take up very little space in your booth or van.
With a small sign, orange in my case above them, they sold
out quickly. So you can even snag the cheap people. ;)
The ones who imagine that one day they'll do so and so.
The whole point in the end though was to increase
authenticity for everyone. Most of the people I know need
multiple chests for feast gear, sitting and kit.
>> given the fact that this is the only one withThe original format was just slightly larger and the measurements
>>internal constructional details, rubbings of the carvings
> Internal details, joinery details, lumber dimensions... all the stuff we
> all _wish_ they would put in the books. Invaluable.
> I only wish it was a little larger format, so the details would be easier
> for these aging eyes to read, but then of course it wouldn't be so cheap.
on my original articles were so indistinct in hand script that Jack
spent most of a year part-time going back and working them into the
drawings in legible script.
I knew the articles would be of great use to
reenactors in general - who doesn't need a chest? - and rather than
do the common thing and keep them to myself I loaned them to Jack
for almost a year. He had to type everything in as it didn't scan
well. Of the second article he took only the photos, which to me
appear to be chests of the next several centuries, excepting the
dovetailed chest which was dated 12/13th c on the basis of the ironwork.
That article was a review of a chests book. They were from 1907 and
1912 and so in the public domain. The coverage of the little book
is actually from 12th through early 16th C. judging by the styles.
>>and REASONABLY pricedThat was why I sent it to Jack.
> Cheap, even!
I really wish he was more pro-actively listed.
$25 per month to Bookfinder, instead of relying on Amazon to
put out the effort to list them from a flier would be cheap
advertising. There has to be hundreds of SCA per month looking
for books on Medieval Furniture. Excepting the Diehl books of
somewhat dubious constructional details at times most books
on medieval furniture I have are in the $40 to $100 range
plus postage from Europe frequently. One of my chests books
actually came from the York Castle Library. Why they sold
it I have no idea, but so it's marked. About $55 with postage.
Most history of furniture books have less than a dozen
examples generally before they jump to Jacobite furniture.
Few people are going to go to the excess of that style, or
the Baroque or Roccoco, so their actual references are few.
BTW. I got in the [German] Roman Siege Engines book.
The text is entirely in German but the siege engines
drafting plates are to scale. Not every part is measured -
one would have to use a proportional set of dividers or
calculate, or blow them up. But the constructional details
are good. I may look into doing a reprint of it.
We need more and better siege engines. There was one
spring actuated grenade thrower picture from the then
just-over Great War. Not quite like the English version
I have seen in my Diagram Associates Weapons book.
I also got in another two crossbow books last week.
One modern one from Germany, and Frank Bilson's Crossbow
book from 1974. That one has a very odd little contraption
in it. A nine inch long folding assassin's crossbow entirely
of metal I think except for the sinew skeins which really
make it more like a worm drawn siege engine. The draw
mechanism uses an acme screw crank. Folds, must be the
medieval equivalent of a fairly silent derringer.
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