One of my many hobbies is the SCA, recreating Medieval history. One of the things we do is recreate the physical artifacts of medieval times – and some people even do so using nothing but the tools and techniques of the period.
Here in a picture taken last summer, my two woodworking mentors are building a bucket using medieval hand tools.
This past weekend I went to our Kingdom’s Arts & Sciences competition, where artisans and craftsmen from around the Kingdom place their work on display and compete for honors. Among the many incredible things on display was a reproduction of an organistrum, a stringed instrument from the 11th century. Even more incredible, was this beauty was built by an individual with limited power tools and limited knowledge of woodworking! (He lives fairly isolated and has little chance to work with others, so I pointed him towards LJ.)
The detail work on the ‘frets’ and keys was incredible, but because of the poor lighting I wasn’t able to get a good closeup.
I didn’t get to hear it played, as he was having problems with the wheel binding due to wood movement, but I found a video on YouTube of a smaller version being played.
Not the worlds best photograph of me, but here I am (on the right) taking a break from tending the fire at a culinary demo – cooking medieval dishes using medieval techniques.
-- Derek, Bremerton WA --