Re: [medievalsawdust] Re: Dovetails
>We've come to expect rapid and fine-tuned information transfer and it's justNon sequitur: those people weren't making dovetailed chests. We aren't
>not always been the case. It would seem that we've even lost our ability to
>envision a world where most people rarely left the village they were born in
>and heard from other villages rarely.
talking about the peasant farmers here. There was in fact a great deal of
international travel among artisans and merchants, not just the nobility.
>That dovetailing (a basic idea) moved swiftly is different from fine-tunedYou seem to imply that the craftsmen of the early 16th century didn't much
>understanding of how to make them simply because if someone used them, the
>'idea' moved whenever the furniture was sold. I'd bet that most dovetailers
>of the period were just happy if they held their furniture together and that,
>as today, only a few craftsmen were responsible for generating incremental
>improvements in basic techniques.
care for the quality of their work. Based on the evidence of surviving
pieces of furniture, I'd say that was erroneous. Those dovetailed chests
are remarkably well-made. Those guys were remarkable artisans and they
knew what they were doing. To suppose that they persisted in making steep
dovetails purely out of ignorance is, I think, foolish. There was a
reason, or reasons, why they made them that way.
Furniture and Accessories
For the Medievalist!
- 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,