RE: [MedievalSawdust] Holdfasts and Moulding Planes
- There is a depiction of what is fairly clearly a holdfast in an intarsia in San Petronio in Bologna, from between 1468 and 1477. A reproduction of rather low quality can be found in Josef Greber's Die Geschichte des Hobels (1987), p. 133. It is shown on a low bench which also has a jack-size plane on its top.One respectable history of woodworking, Gunther Heine, Das Werkzeug des Schreiners und Drechslers, claims " ... der Winkelhaken war ebenfalls schon in Roemischer Zeit bekannt." (p. 38). However, Heine gives no further evidence and I have examined the numerous drawings, paintings, carvings, etc., of woodworking and shops reproduced in Heine in vain for a depiction of holdfasts earlier than the 15th century intarsia in Bologna.