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Re: [MedievalSawdust] Wood to use to be period???... What do you think

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  • Brian Wagner
    sent from my Motorola DROID!
    Message 1 of 41 , Feb 3, 2011

      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
      > breaks.
      > _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.
      > www.bodgers.org.uk
      > Ulfhedinn
    • Jeff
      Kat, 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
      Message 41 of 41 , Feb 12, 2011

        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.


        --- In medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com, Jeffrey Johnson <jljonsn@...> wrote:
        > Re: site infection. Maybe. I'll see if I have his address.
        > On Feb 4, 2011 8:21 PM, "Megan Shogren" <brockenspectre@...> wrote:
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > My AVG anti-virus says that site is infected- do you know how to get in
        > touch with the owner?
        > >
        > > Thanks,
        > > Kat Ferneley
        > >
        > > ________________________________
        > > From: Jeff <jljonsn@...>
        > > To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
        > > Sent: Thu, February 3, 2011 7:20:43 PM
        > > Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Wood to use to be period???... What do you
        > think
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > A good synopsis of medieval wood uses:
        > >
        > > http://www.medievalwoodworking.org/articles/wood.htm
        > >
        > >
        > >
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