Carpentry, furniture making, woodcutting, wood carving, and similar pursuits
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2015-09-01 12:46
"Ranvaick a kistu thasa" or in English, "Ranvaik (a female name) owns this casket" reads a runic inscription on the base of a jeweled, Irish reliquary on display in the Danish National Museum. While the casket dates to the 8th century, the inscription was added two centuries later, demonstrating one small effect of Viking raids. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2015-05-08 12:34
Since the late 1980s, Astrida and Stephen Schaeffer of North Berwick, Maine have lived parallel lives: modern careers and family life and the life of a 14th century family as members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The Schaeffers discussed the SCA with Jeanne McCartin of Fosters.com. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-11-23 17:42
Anplica Fiore reports that the Castlerock Museum in Alma, Wisconsin will host a lecture entitled Medieval Furniture of the Maciejowski Bible on November 30, 2014 at 2pm.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-11-16 09:45
Whether it's for beer or coldcuts, disguising a modern cooler at period events is always a great idea. Joshwelch9 borrowed the idea from absinth-dragon and posted his plan to turn a cooler in a cool pirate chest on Instructables. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-10-19 19:54
Finding objects relating to everyday life is common for archaeologists at Vindolanda, the Roman fort near Hadrian's Wall, but the recent discovery of a wooden toilet seat - the oldest known - was special moment.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2014-09-21 07:22
A discovery of an ancient "iPad," aboard one of 37 sunken ships found in the Theodosius Port on the European side of the Bosphorus, has delighted experts. The 9th century wooden object, they say, "is the ancient equivalent of a tablet computer. The device was a notebook and tool — in one." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-09-06 18:13
In 2013, when experts believed they had discovered the remains of King Richard III, they turned to Michael Ibsen, a 17th generation relation of the monarch for DNA testing. Now Ibsen has been tapped for service again - as the builder of the royal coffin.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-28 06:49
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2014-04-12 09:45
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 17:52
"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.
Submitted by bethoc on Thu, 2013-08-22 20:30
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Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-08-04 17:31
A YouTube video features woodturner Mostopher Dnouch plying the centuries-old trade of woodturning on a bow lathe in a market in Marrakech.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-05-01 08:19
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.
Submitted by Justin on Mon, 2013-04-01 07:20
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.
Submitted by VikingLady on Mon, 2013-02-04 16:13
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Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-11-29 17:01
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-11-22 12:34
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-09-18 18:54
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-09-10 08:15
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!
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-08-10 17:00
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-14 15:33
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)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-01-19 19:46
In anticipation of the Kingdom Archery event, next fall, the time has come to make ready our bows and arrows!
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-01-10 15:16
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)
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2011-12-29 20:30
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-12-21 14:49
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-12-10 16:40
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-09-23 16:45
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.
Submitted by dsickle on Mon, 2011-08-22 19:07
CastleReign creates reproduction antique and medieval doors for your home, tavern, art studio, game room, garden and other areas around your home and business.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-04-06 13:04
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-03-14 11:52
Master Brusten de Bearsul is seeking woodworkers to participate in the Artisans' Row project at Pennsic war 40.