THANK YOU to http://lumberjocks.com/VillageCarpenter – I have driven by the Cloisters a million times, but until I read about it in her blog, I never considered going.
workbench in the workshop from the Ephrata Cloister.
(pictures go here – but no joy in posting flickr pics, please click the link below)
The English Style workbench had no stretchers across the front or back – but on closer inspection, I think I found the mortises where they once were. It’s a very long bench and the stretchers and legs were a little light if you ask me.
Our tour guide could not verify that the tools/bench were original. And unfortunately I had to experience the shop behind plexiglass and by peering through windows.
full set of photos here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjzzrQbv
-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com