Woodworking

Carpentry, furniture making, woodcutting, wood carving, and similar pursuits

Stinky surprise for Danish archaeologists

 Archaeologists working on a site in Odense on Funen, Denmark were treated to an odiferous surprise recently with the discovry of 14th century barrels used to contain the contents of latrines.

Anglo-Saxon tool papers online

On its website, Daegrad Tools of Sheffield, England offers an extensive list of papers on Anglo-Saxon tools. The papers are available for free download in PDF format.

Medieval Treasures From Hildesheim on display at the Met

"Smack in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum, there’s a nugget of compressed light called  Medieval Treasures From Hildesheim," begins a review of the new exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The review, by Holland Cotter, is from the Art & Design section of the New York Times.

Five Winds Trading Company

Five Winds Trading Company is dedicated to turning your dreams into a reality, through the efforts of third-generation artisans, craftspersons, and merchants. They are committed to creating the highest quality products to assist you in achieving the look that fits your period.

Turning in Marrakech

A YouTube video features woodturner Mostopher Dnouch plying the centuries-old trade of woodturning on a bow lathe in a market in Marrakech.

The history of pub signs

Most people recognize, with a smile, the beautifully-carved, and imaginatively-named pub signs that grace the English landscape, but few realize that the signs date back to the Romans. The Inn Sign Society offers a history of pub signs, along with some nice examples, on its website.

Masterwork Project: Building a Period Computing Device from Scratch

Following on his acclaimed "Tweedle Glomping in Period" series, Maistor Justinos Tekton, called Justin, offers this detailed article on creating a period tablet computing device from scratch, using only tools and techniques available in the Middle Ages.

Longship Furniture / Barefoot Boxes

Longship Furniture and Barefoot Boxes offer a wide range of products to suit a variety of budgets and tastes. Products include, but are not limited to, yurts/gers, beds, chairs, tables, closets, shelves and gear boxes.  For additional information and pricing, please visit their website.

The beauty of Devon's bench carvings

Historian Todd Gray believes the English often marvel at the beauty of craftsmanship in other countries without realizing what they have in their own backyards. In a short BBC video, he looks at the church bench carvings of Devon.

Do-it-yourself recurve

Have the urge to build your own recurve bow but have no idea where to start? David Radtke can help you. In an illustrated, online article for American Woodworker, Radtke takes you through all the steps to creating a finished bow.

Proof of the 16th century shave horse

An article on the Popular Woodworking Magazine website weighs into the discussion of the use of shavehorses, a combination vice and workbench used to prepare wood for a lathe, in the 16th century with an illustration from a period German source.

Building a scrapwood loom

Need a gift or a fundraising auction project? Like to weave but don't have a lot of gold? Have some scrap lumber and want to get rid of it? Instructables has a project for you: a scrapwood loom!

Experts use modern technology to preserve Viking grave goods

In 1904, archaeologists discovered a Viking grave, containing wooden artifacts including a richly decorated ceremonial wagon, at Oseberg near the Oslo fjords. Since then, the wood fibers have begun to disintegrate, causing worry among officials at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, who have decided to use state-of-the art technology to save the artifacts.

"King size" bed returns to Ware, England

Since 1931, the Great Bed of Ware has been a beloved feature of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The three metres wide bed was built in 1590 by Hertfordshire carpenter Jonas Fosbrooke. (photo)

[OUT] Archery Artisans Day

In anticipation of the Kingdom Archery event, next fall, the time has come to make ready our bows and arrows!

"Forgotten treasure" returns to Glastonbury

For the first time in 125 years, the Glastonbury Grace Cup, a 16th century, carved oak tankard, believed to have once belonged to the abbots of Glastonbury, is on display until January 31, 2012 in the abbey museum. (photo)

Want some medieval-style punitive stocks?

A history buff who made some medieval-style stocks as a Halloween prop is offering to give them away free to whoever writes the best mini-essay explaining why they'd like to have them and how they will be used.

Viking longboat reconstruction in Norway

On his blog, British woodworker Robin Wood writes about his participation in the construction of a full size replica of the Oseberg Viking longboat in Oslo, Norway.

Reproduced Stirling Heads images online

Lord Mungo Napier reports that all 37 of the reproduction Stirling Heads, from Stirling Castle in Scotland, are available as full colour images on the Stirling Castle website.

"Enjoy learning by doing" at Olde Sandwich Town Festival

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were on hand to teach and entertain at the recent Old Sandwich Town Festival near Windsor, Canada. Jay McKee explained SCA activities in a short video for the Windsor Star.

Reproduction Antique and Medieval Doors

CastleReign creates reproduction antique and medieval doors for your home, tavern, art studio, game room, garden and other areas around your home and business. 

Making a Viking tool chest

In a 2008 episode from the PBS series A Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill, Don Weber instructs viewers how to make a Viking tool chest.

Woodworkers needed for Pennsic Artisan's Row

Master Brusten de Bearsul is seeking woodworkers to participate in the Artisans' Row project at Pennsic  war 40.

Stirling Heads returned to castle ceiling

Copies of the famous Stirling Castle heads have been returned to their rightful place on the ceiling of the King's Inner Hall. A slideshow of the newly carved and painted heads is available on the BBC website. (photos)

Mountain Rogues

The Mountain Rogues design and craft Faire Lyric Books (a compilation of song lyrics dating back to the 1400's and encased in fabric covers), board games out of fabric, leather and wood (they mill their own lumber), riddle books (over 100 riddles dating to pre civil war), tables, game tables, and decorative items out of lumber, plus other items out of fabric and wood.

Silvershell Musical Instruments

Silvershell Musical Instruments offers harps and early musical instruments that have excellent sound, are well made and are good value.

15th century apprentices leave their marks on nunnery walls

A plaster wall in the former St. Katherina Church near Langerwehe, Germany, bears the pictographic signatures of 15th century workers during a building renovation. (photos)

Fairy tale playhouses for the kid in all of us

Every child - and some adults - dreams of having his own fairy tale playhouse, castle or pirate ship. Bespoke Play Areas specialises in children's play equipment designed to inspire creative play.

"Gospel" guitar

Craftsman Larry Robinson, who designs and crafts custom inlayed musical instruments, has created a true work of art in a guitar, decorated with inlays based on the Lindisfarne gospels. The Lindisfarne Project is chronciled on Robinson's blog. (photos)

Create your own wax seal

On her blog RageHaus, Kim documents the process of creating a wax seal using a wooden dowel. The how-to guide includes complete descriptions and large photos.