Re: [medievalsawdust] Hand tools (was: Dovetails)
- In one of my books from Taunton press has an example of a roman claw hammer very similar.Hal----- Original Message -----From: Tracie BrownSent: Monday, September 08, 2003 3:35 PMSubject: [medievalsawdust] Hand tools (was: Dovetails)>http://gallery.euroweb.hu/html/d/durer/2/13/4/index.html
>Nope, no chest in this engraving. The chief objects of
interest here (to
>us) are the plane, the dividers, an interesting form of the
square, and a
I've always liked the very modern looking claw hammer in
the upper left quadrant of the engraving.
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- Mercer's "Ancient Carpenter's Tools" also shows a couple of Roman hammer heads (p. 265-266) that would have just needed a price tag and a place to hang in your local Ace Hardware to be 'modern'... but one of the coolest Roman things are the Roman Carpenter's plane (p. 115)that Mercer has photos of. 13.5 inchs long high pitch single blade... I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere under the rust would be the words "STANLIUS" somewhere... probably an early relative...Yers -Chas.
- One flaw with ancient Roman hammer design, the one with the simple head and no
side straps, the one whose form was unchanged for ages before Rome's rise and
ages after its fall, was the tendency for it to "fly off the handle". BONK!
Ow! There is so little surface area between metal and wood that a wedge was no
enough to hold it.
One way to address this flaw used for almost as long as that design is having
the blacksmith (a man inimately connected to hammer design because he was
making his own...) include those long straps that go down the handle that can
them be pinned to the wood.
Innovation in North America took it another step, by adopting a feature from
another ancient tool, the adze. Adze head hammers have more surface area and a
flare hole that gave the wedge more holding power. Americans also designed
axes with more surface area by making wider 'cheeks' on the axe head compared
to European models. That and the adze handle shape was also adapted
(somewhat), with modifications, to the axe handle, so we get a much different
beast than the straight-poled, narrow-headed axes originally brought over from
the Old Country.
> Mercer's "Ancient Carpenter's Tools" also shows a couple of Roman hammerheads
> (p. 265-266) that would have just needed a price tag and a place to hang inyour
> local Ace Hardware to be 'modern'... but one of the coolest Roman things arethe
> Roman Carpenter's plane (p. 115)that Mercer has photos of. 13.5 inchs longhigh
> pitch single blade... I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere under the rustwould
> be the words "STANLIUS" somewhere... probably an early relative...
> Yers -