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Blog entry by TMcG posted 1559 days ago 1054 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m currently on holiday in Ireland and thought you folks might appreciate this shot, apologies for the somewhat shoddy photo’s, of a circa 1570 Chest, Yep, thats right, 1570 !!

I must admit that this trip has been really different as I’ve found a whole new perspective on things like that chest and a couple of cooperage exhibitions at Jamison’s and Guinness.

Amazing workmanship given it was built 450 odd years ago.

tony

Circa 1570 Chest

Circa 1570 Chest Wider Shot

-- http://wood.mcgivern.org



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jasony

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#1 posted 1559 days ago

This at Bunratty Castle? I remember seeing really old (500+ years) furniture when my wife and I were there a few years back.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1559 days ago

That must have taken a couple of days!! :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TMcG

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#3 posted 1559 days ago

Yep, Bunratty Castle it was.

And whilst they’re not still in place, the re-creations of the flooring and interior joinery is impressive given the tools they would have had to work with !!

-- http://wood.mcgivern.org

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blockhead

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#4 posted 1559 days ago

I would say it’s impressive no matter when it was built. Thanks for posting!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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docholladay

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#5 posted 1558 days ago

That is an amazing piece. The carvings on some of those old irish pieces like that are quite intricate and the craftsmanship is amazing. It is funny how traveling to other parts of the world can really give you a perspective on what old really is. I took a trip to Scotland about 10 years ago. Here in the US, it is pretty rare to see buildings older than say 200 years old, then I go to Scotland and it isn’t unusual to see stone structures that are 500-1000 years old with furniture that is often just as old.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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