> -- In some periods/regions, production techniques were highly
> own area of study is English Tudor, and for members of the liverycompanies
> of Tudor London, the use of unapproved tools or techniques broughta hefty
> fine; repeat offenders might be expelled from theircompany. "Searchers"
> were empowered by the company to inspect members and levy fines asneeded.
> If you are using an unapproved technique, you have a good reason tohide it.
>But what about before that guild took hold? Why so few dovetailed
joints in 1100 AD? Or 900 AD? The strength of the mechanics make it
very desireable, even if you accept the notion that glues available
were inferior to more modern glues (i disagree with this "bad glue"
theory that seems so popular, but that's another discussion)
Dovetails are no harder to construct than rectilinear mostise and
tenon, and that joint was widely extant. The tools needed to make
dovetails are the same as mortise and tenon.
Admitedly, the joint may have to be 're-invented' if the procedure
was lost to time for a while between ancient Egypt and the
Renaissance, and the difficulty jumping that hurdle is hard to gauge.
- 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,