- ... Well said. In my case, I go back and forth depending on what I m making. Sometimes I m making a medieval replica crossbow, and so it s lots of hand workMessage 1 of 30 , Nov 11, 2010View Source
> Actually I think you're both right. The group is broad enough to coverWell said. In my case, I go back and forth depending on what I'm making.
> all sorts of woodworking, and ought to be.
Sometimes I'm making a medieval replica crossbow, and so it's lots of
hand work (after rough power work) to get it exactly how I want it to look.
Sometimes I'm making a munition combat crossbow. Where the idea is to
create something that is period in appearance, but quickly churned out
Right now, a big focus that I have is an attempt for myself, and others,
to generate lots of quick/inexpensive camp-equipment that can replace
plastic tables, rubbermaid totes, and coleman chairs.
Once those are created/replaced in as quick of a timeframe as possible.
Focus will shift back to making 'awesome truly period works of art'
versions of same :)
It's a spectrum I swing back-n-forth on, depending upon the task at
hand. And I like doing that myself :)
But I have great respect for the hand-made works of art :)
Barun Siegfried Sebastian Faust - Barony of Highland Foorde - Atlantia
http://hf.atlantia.sca.org/ - http://crossbows.biz/ - http://eliw.com/
- ... To say nothing of the much greater strength of handmade dowels, at least if you rive them instead of ripsawing. I was breaking up some old machined dowelsMessage 2 of 30 , Nov 11, 2010View SourceOn Wed, November 10, 2010 8:13 am, D. Young wrote:
>To say nothing of the much greater strength of handmade dowels, at least
> And there is a natural fear of using hand tools because people think they
> are too hard to master. This is not true. After a few hours with a
> drawknife or hand plane, one gets the idea pretty quickly. Same is true
> with chisels.
> And then there are things like machined dowels----worst idea ever!
> Machine dowels are too perfect, which often results in a looser fit.
> Hand made dowels take a few minutes to make but produce a tighter fit
> because they are not as round.
if you rive them instead of ripsawing. I was breaking up some old
machined dowels just the other day (for firewood) and was appalled at the
way they broke. Some of the grain was running 30-40 degrees off the axis
of the dowel! The shear strength you expect, and need, in a doweled joint
just isn't going to be there.
There is a tendency to think that anything modern has to be better, and
certainly faster, than the old stuff. We need to get beyond the
self-congratulatory bullshit and realize that occasionally the old ways
were _faster_ than modern. And materials prepared in the old way were
routinely better quality. And especially that a hand-tool shop can often
be set up for less money, simply because it's easier to scrounge or make
- Bill, Thanks for the link. please check out http://www.marhamchurchantiques.com/ They usually have several photos from each item as well as a good description.Message 3 of 30 , Nov 12, 2010View SourceBill,
Thanks for the link.
please check out
They usually have several photos from each item as well as a good description.
Lord Johannes Machiavelli
Canton of Rokkehealden
Barony of Ayreton
Kingdom of the MiddleOn Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 10:36 AM, Bill McNutt <mcnutt@...> wrote: