Re: [MedievalSawdust] Wood to use to be period???... What do you think
sent from my Motorola DROID!On Feb 3, 2011 12:10 PM, <conradh@...> wrote:
> On Thu, February 3, 2011 9:09 am, Dan Baker wrote:
>> I have dealt with this problem for years, and successfully argued my
>> points with A&S entries to the point where I don't lose points for using
>> new world lumber.
>> Now why the difference? Here is my theory, when some chieftain died
>> they went to the local woodworker and said "Hey Sven, we need these beds
>> made by next week, we gotta put him in the ground before he starts to
>> smell". And Sven looked at his stock of wood in the pile, and said "Hmm,
>> I have this
>> Beech already to go, I'll use it" and similarly for the other ship using
>> Oak. To me the fact that two sets of the same furniture were made in the
>> same region with different materials is an excellent argument for using
>> what you have on hand.
>> I have made a chest out of Sycamore and entered it in A&S and lost no
>> points making that argument. So use the wood you have available that fits
>> your financial means, and meets the requirements of the project.
>> Obviously you
>> can't use Pine to replace Oak where strength is required. And I never use
>> plywood, except if prototypes and mock ups. And if you use pressboard
>> someone should smack you on the head :P
> Agree on all points. In addition, I like to look at samples or pictures to
> get an idea of grain appearance and the like. Many sorts of trees are
> essentially circumpolar--the same genus goes all the way around the
> Northern Hemisphere in the right climate zones. (Douglas Fir grew wild in
> Europe before getting wiped out by glaciers when the Ice Ages began;
> apparently the ice cap coming down from Scandinavia met the one spreading
> off the Alps/Carpathians, and the Doug Fir's habitat was in the middle!)
> Checking the grain appearance can be backed up by consulting traditional
> craftsmen, especially European emigres. I've heard a French cooper say
> that the Northwest's white oak (Quercus garryana) is a very good
> substitute for French oaks when it comes to making barrel staves. The guy
> didn't think California oaks were suitable at all.
> English craftsmen think that ash is the unquestioned best wood for tool
> handles. But when English settlers came to the east coast of North
> America, the local ash wasn't so good. They learned about hickory from
> Native Americans, though, who liked it for bows and their own tool
> handles, and hickory is now regarded as the "gold standard" for handles in
> this country. Here in the northwest, however, we have Oregon ash, which
> is just as wonderful a handle wood as English ash. I love the stuff--it's
> just as tough as hickory, but springier, so that it doesn't jar your hands
> when the blade goes into the work. The first time I made an ash handle
> for a sledgehammer, I almost sawed off all my hickory handles for
> firewood! I haven't bought a commercial hickory handle since; I've
> seasoned a stash of ash and just get out the drawknife when an old handle
> _And_ the ash handles and plane bodies I have made have grain and color
> that look just like the color pictures my English friends post on the
> bodger's forum! So in this case we have a near-perfect match available,
> for both performance and appearance.
> I really recommend that forum, btw, for anyone interested in period
> woodworking, especially if you are interested in getting your own wood
> from trees and/or traditional hand tools. They're friendly and helpful
> with questions, too.
I contacted Gary, and he reloaded the site. All should be good now. In spite of it's being a bit dated, I still consider this to be one of the best sources on medieval woodworking and tools.
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> > Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Wood to use to be period???... What do you
> > A good synopsis of medieval wood uses:
> > http://www.medievalwoodworking.org/articles/wood.htm