Re: [MedievalSawdust] VA whalebone ironing board
- Were those ironing boards actual bone or baleen? If they were bone, you might check with a custom butcher for shoulder blades from cows or bulls that they are turning into hamburger. You get a fairly large flatish bone there.
For wood I was thinking holly as well. It is very dense when dry, or at least the piece I'm playing with is.
Follow the city tree trimmers around. You can get lots of interesting wood on city streets. Holly included.
The upside on Holly is that the English variety is being classified as noxious or invasive in many places, so you might be able to get permission to cut one if you find one to your liking in a forestry area.
I have a commission to make some replicas of the Viking Age whalebone ironing bords. Unfortunately for this project, whalebone is illegal in the US. Thus my next best option is to make them out of wood. These need to be functional.
The question becomes: what would be a good wood that has a long, straight grain that is also a dense wood, white to light tan incolor that would be relatively easy to obtain in the Upper Midwest?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, bsrlee <bsrlee2@...> wrote:
>Actually everyone I know, that has a copy, reports the copy is falling apart(mine included). Really bad binding for a book that wasn't cheap.
> I did a bit of digging around the Oxbow site. The Pre-order discount is
> 20% - 48 pounds instead of 60.
> Also, the new edition is being bound as 2 parts like 'Weapons of Warre',
> which makes it much easier to handle and should contribute to the
> longevity of the book, my old one volume copy is getting somewhat loose
> in the binding.