Re: [medievalsawdust] Re: Dovetails
> material. He could observe what worked and what did not. He maySure...but your assumptions seem to be 1) there was great consistency in the
> have been constrained under a guild system, but he wasn't blind.
dovetail ratios being used, 2) that the craftsman cared even in the least bit
if the corners of his dovetails broke off and 3) that if one guy found a
solution to breaking corners, everyone else would know about it. I think
these are three false assumptions when you're talking about the 15th Century.
> I was the head brewer for a small microbrewery. I was essentiallyAnd how many people knew about what you discovered? You've just made my
> isolated, but that didn't prevent me from innovating my processes,
> mostly by trial and error, but also by instinct. Processes I laterYep...and ultimately everyone would know. But in the Middle Ages you might
> found out were standard throughout the industry and worked as I
> figured out independently.
have gone 3 lifetimes before you found out that a group of Parisians had
solved some problem if you lived in southern France.
> Stradivarious didn't have the internet. (Ok, he was a genius. AYou're talking about one person figuring something out, and not even a little
> giant standing on the shoulders of giants, but still...)
bit about information decimination. If you don't see the difference then the
point of this discussion is completely lost. Lots of VERY bright ideas never
see the light of day because of who had them...even today. In a social
millieu where one town might talk to another town once a year, the
probability of that becomes very high. It could well be that the first guy
to ever do a dovetail realized that reducing the angle ratio helped keep
those corners from breaking off but he died before the next festival.
Cheers --- Larry Marshall
Quebec City, QC
- I am interested in locating some details
(including images) as to the construction of the
St. Paulinus (died 358AD) Trèves (transferred
395AD) coffin "joined by means of dovetailing".
As the wood is described as 'cedar', there is
some question as to where the coffin was made.
From page 219,
Battiscombe, C. F. The Relics of Saint Cuthbert; Studies by Various
Authors. Oxford: Printed for the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral
at the University Press, 1956. OCLC 4071903
footnotes 10/11 refer to detailed accounts of the
coffin in Bonner Jahrbücher vol. lxxvii, 1884,
pp. 238 ff; vol. lxxviii, 1884 pp. 173
Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn, and Rhine
Province (Germany). Bonner Jahrbücher. 1842.
ISSN:0067-9976 OCLC Number: 3459165 or OCLC
Number: 213803943 microfilm, OCLC Number: 297237884 eJournal
If anyone has seen the coffin or the journal
articles referenced above (or preferably a more
recent analysis in English), please post the
information. It would be most appreciated,