Dovetails in 10th C. Britain? No evidence!
--- On Wed, 1/12/10, Eric <ewdysar@...> wrote:
SNIPPED <Is dovetail joinery correct for 10th century Britain? This question immediately falls to finding the earliest extant example of dovetail joinery from the area. >SNIPPED
according to Vol3 of the Mary Rose Trust's Report on the wreck, ["Before the Mast - Life & Death aboard the Mary Rose"] - the Barber-Surgeon's walnut chest [found in his cabin] has the earliest-known instance of dovetails being found at any British Historic Site [as of the Vol.3 Publication Date]. The Report also comments, - "dovetails were fairly common in joinery from the Continent, but no earlier British example is known, - and it is likely that the Barber Surgeon's Chest was actually made in Europe, and imported".
I have seen the original chest in it's glass case at the Mary Rose Museum, and the planks are around 1" thick, with the dovetails being quite coarsely cut.
In service to the medieval Dream,
Julian Wilson, Master Carpenter since 1960.
[aka Lord Matthewe Baker in the SCA of Drachenwald]