Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Chairs & Comfy-ness
- A folding camp stool is indeed period. From egyptian, through roman, into
the middle ages, 1580s and even up to the 21st century. It's found lots of
use. See for some ideas and examples of pieces that have been found. Note
that not all folding stools need to be as fancy as some of the ones
There is also the technique of making 3 legged stools, a slab of wood,
three pieces of firewood shaped with a drawknife/axe and an auger are all
that are needed. Drop dead period for the viking age etc. There is the
larger bench made from a larger slab of wood and four legs (again made
from scrap firewood shaped with axes and drawknifes). Simple benches and
stools for camp use are common throughout every period I can think of.
It's the big fancy chairs that are less common, though more examples
survived due to their being big and fancy.
The simple stools likely gave their lives in service and were then used to
produce heat and light.
On Sun, July 23, 2006 19:28, Dave Ordway said:
> I was thinking about making several chairs to put out for visitors to use--
> or to sit around the fire with. I interested in a simple, folding design.
> I'm thinking along the lines of two sets of legs crossed and joined by a
> stretcher with a fabric or leather seat. No back, kinda like a folding
> camp stool. Would this design be considered close enough to period to
> pass the 10' rule?
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> Ranulf - We must have different ideas about what a Coleman chair is.
> Those chairs don't look anything like a Coleman to me; they look very
> much like modern dining chairs. And how can they be made to fold?
> Also of course they are not medieval... but that's another argument! :-)
> The Coleman chair seems to be essentially a four-post X-frame with slung
> seat and back. The closest medieval analog I can think of is the
> Dagobert throne. (Probably late 8th and 9th c, with later repairs and
> Getting back to Siegfried's question, I think the folding X-chair with
> slung seat and back is the closest thing to a Coleman in comfort. It's
> at least 14th c, for Royalty anyway. But for modern SCA use, it has two
> drawbacks: It does not fold flat, and it's heavy.
> Gary R. Halstead wrote:
> > Sounds like a "Friar's Chair". It's a southern European form of the
> > and later which is basically a wooden Coleman chair - similar to the
> > bottom two in this link:
> > http://www.medievalwoodworking.com/schottmuller/scht19.jpg
> > <http://www.medievalwoodworking.com/schottmuller/scht19.jpg>
> > While these examples have solid seats and backs, there are examples
> > fabric/leather seats and back. There are also a few examples that
... They got the library at Alexandria, they aren't getting mine!