RE: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Pictish Bench
- Just got word back from the museum piece maker. Turns out kaisarpren was right.
"The arms are 'branch bends' and retain the full strenth of the wood grain. I was lucky to find good shapes in the nik of time.
hope this helps
I suppose I'd have lost a quarter on this bet.
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:26:48 -0400
Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Pictish Bench
If it weren't for open conversation, we wouldn't have this medium to do it...> From: kaisaerpren@...> Hi, I don't see the wood bending here, exactly the opposite, large sections (like in this chair) do not tend to bend well, If I were to try to make this chair I would look for a tree or branch of a tree that already has the bend in it. like the parts of a cruk church, or the knees for boat building.
> yes I am butting into a conversation I wasn't asked to join. so now I will apologize for that and leave you to it.
The real indicator to me was the cathedralling of the grain following a consistent arc to the bend in arms.
There's also the possibility that for the reproduction they may have gone with cold compressed lumber rather than steam bending.
I've dropped a message to Adrian McCurdy, asking how he went about making those sides.
- Vels shot over my head here:So I looked the term up. See the 2nd picture here, if you're as green (no pun intended) as me:
> The real indicator to me was the cathedralling of the grain following a consistent arc to the bend in arms.
http://www.stephanwoodworking.com/CommonBoardGrainPatterns.htmCathedral grain leads to "cupping": the chipping or of those arch-pieces that are weakly bound to the rest of the wood fibers.//|\\ or wrong, and that 99% of them are wrong." - H.L. Mencken
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