Re: [MedievalSawdust] New, and with ignorance aplenty
- Greetings and well-met, Frode!
Yeah, the "How'd they DO that??" look can be priceless. I and a few others on the list are...let us politely say...."well-seasoned", and I don't know about them but "I've" gotten more than one laugh when I've said something like "And you think YOUR generation came up with wireless??"
I'll leave the deeper answers to those more knowledgeable and studied, but I don't know that you'd be able to beat a good collection of shaves. Maybe a little slower than files and rasps, but I've found that slower work makes for infinitely finer control - think along the lines of "Powertools allow me to make mistakes faster". :-)
Other advantages of shaves: relatively small and light-weight, and outside of a wooden mallet you don't get much more "primitive-looking" than a blade on a stick!
(okay, I over-simplified the appearance, but you get the idea)
--- anthonyspangler@... wrote:
From: "frode_kettilsson" <anthonyspangler@...>
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] New, and with ignorance aplenty
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2010 22:16:23 -0000
Greetings, and thanks for having me on this list!
I've been with the SCA for coming up on one year, in October, and making wooden bows for nearly that long. I just participated in my first renfaire demo, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's great fun watching the expressions on peoples faces as they watch you using tools that don't have power cords.
Up to now, I'd have said I couldn't build a box to save my soul, but after a dozen or so bows, there might be a chance at redemption.
I'll have plenty of questions, but my first will concern the likes of early period (my chosen time is as close to 600 as possible, in the area around Denmark) files and rasps, and, if shave horses aren't available yet, what alternatives would likely have been used.
I'm plodding through the archives, but any advice or pointers you kind folk would care to give would surely be appreciated!
And if you want to go the investigative route in the shop, you can always pick up a device called Kill-a-watt. It’s a device you plug into the wall outlet and then plug your electronic device into it and it will tell you what it’s drawing. More or less. I see them at radio shack personally. $100 bucks is a lot agreed.
Not to throw in a 'me too'. But ... yeah, I can't see how a little shop
work could add $100 to an electric bill. My computers eat up more
power than an hour+ in the shop does. And that's with 220V tablesaw,
220v dust collector, and who knows what else running semi-constantly.