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Re: Chairs

Poster: Peter Adams <redduke@earthlink.net>

You will find the construction notes for a version of the Glastonbury
chair starting p151 in Daniel Diehls book _Constructing Medieval
Furniture_ currently available from the SCA stock clerk for about $20. 
It is a good start, though despite his claims I still have some
questions about construction techniques used, especially the nails into
	If you want some SCA furniture based on period design without doing
laurel level research, this is your best commercially available
	For more advanced students, I reccommend the following texts (among
many others, and in no particular order of merit)

_Master Pieces, Making Furniture from Paintings_  There are several nice
medieval pieces in this book, though they are interpreted by modern
cabinet makers.  The patterns are generally larger in scope and tougher
than Diehl.

_Sella Curulis_ (chair of state) Ole Wanscher (no trans. attributed); As
far as I know the definitive discussion on the x  and s chair through

_Furniture in England, France and the Netherlands from the 12th to the
15th Century_ Penolpe Eames  Furniture History Society London 1977; a
survey of most surviving medieval furniture, many museum pieces
deliberately left aside from doubtful provenance.  Includes many death
inventories, offers commentary on social significance of furniture types
_History of English Furniture Vol 1 the Age of Oak, 1500-1660_ Percy
MacQuoid  Dover  Publications Inc NY 1972; A reprint of a 1904 work,
much of which has been updated in other sources, but some good photos

_Oak Furniture, the British Tradition_ Victor Chinnery 1979, Antique
Collectors Club Ltd, Woodbridge Suffolk, IP 12 1DS; a massive tome on
the subject profusely and exelently illustrated.

_English Medieval Furniture and Woodwork_  Charles Tracy, Victoria and
Albert Museum 1988; Highlights the best of The V and A collection.

For Medieval woodwork I reccomend the following,

_Woodwrights' (fill in the blank)_ Roy Underhill.  Traditional hand
woodworking, primarily dealing with Colonial projects, but many of the
technologies are appropriate for medieval use.  Underhill is concise and
precise about what and why the tool is doing what it does.

_Mechanic Excercises_ Joseph Moxon Astragal Press (on loan sorry no
isbn)  Reprint of the 1703 "how to" book, touted as the first ever of
the genre in the english language.  Smithing, masonry, turning, joinery
and house carpentry.  A must have for any student of medieval

_Woodworking Techniques befor AD 1500_ Sean McGrail et Al.  BAR
International Series 129, 1982;  The state of academic knowledge of all
types of woodworking from the prehistoric to the Medieval, another must
have for its citations on turning, materials, and techniques.

_History of Woodworking Tools_ W L Goodman, David McKay Company Inc.
1964;  This work dates relatively accurately the time periods for the
use of specific hand tools, and is an excellent source for documentation
of technique.  It helps to place information from other sources in
context as well as being a good general history of the developement of
tool use in western society from Egyptian times to the present.


JBRMM266@aol.com wrote:
> Poster: JBRMM266@aol.com
> Has anyone any information on what is commonly known as the Glastonbury chair?
> I have seen inllustrations, but all attempts to reverse-engineer it from those
> has been  .... well, less than a success.
> ~Donal
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