Re: [MedievalSawdust] Hello Folks.
> 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/
- On 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
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: