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Woodworking Inspirations of Italy #6: Woodworking Ideas & Patterns from Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo

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“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.”
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)...Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet, cleric.

Woodworking ideas and patterns from Santa Maria del Fiore.

Woodworking ideas and woodworking patterns gleaned from Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo can be appreciated by students of the woodworking craft. These unique and refined woodworking ideas & woodworking patterns can be learned from the Italian master craftsmen who worked in marble in the 1870’s.
The beauty and elegance of the scene captures the imagination of this woodworker as so many woodworking skills are called upon to create such a masterpiece. The overall architectural design is simply a gem. The proportions are classical. I think you will agree with me when I say that it is one thing to draw such a beautiful design on paper. Then again, it is still entirely another thing for a skilled craftsman to create this scene by hand. Yet, here it is, a masterpiece for all to enjoy.

What woodworking ideas can you find in these photos? How would a woodworker create the spiraled columns out of wood? How would a woodworker make the curved moulding behind the statue?
What woodworking patterns can a woodworker find in this photo? We can see two types and sizes of spiraled columns. Notice how each column has a left and right pattern. Also, how could woodworking patterns play a role in the mosaic inlay on the curved wall? (The band saw crosscut sled and the bandsaw miter sled would each get a great workouts if wood inlay was applied to the wall.)

How would a craftsman build the curved wall behind the statue? What role would woodworking patterns play in designing and constructing the domed ceiling?

Notice how the pediment is arched and symmetrical. The cherub in the center is framed with a circular moulding while carvings adorn both sides of the pediment facade. When we study the dentil moulding, notice how the fronts of each dentil is curved. There is also a notched moulding beneath the pediment that that is arched. These notches create shadows that attract ones attention.

Woodworking ideas and woodworking patterns from Santa Maria del Fiore.

What woodworking tools would a master woodworker use to create this scene? Obviously, power tools like the table saw, band saw, and wood lathes would be employed. Hand tools such as carving tools would be needed as well as sculpting gouges when carving the capitals. However, think about this. What layout tools would be employed? It is easy to see how dividers and trammel points would be necessary for an accurate layout. Can you also see how it would be important to have woodworking patterns for woodturning the columns. A woodworker would also benefit from implementing woodworking patterns when cutting the curved work beneath the triangular pediment. Here is where a band saw would be useful.

Woodworking ideas can be captured from this photograph as these architectural elements exude a wealth of unique and specialized knowledge of our craft. It is simply a joy to witness the refined skills from the master craftsmen that have long since passed. It is their ideas, patterns, and love of the craft that continues to live on and inspire other craftsman. It is up to those of us that care to follow in their footsteps and to carry the torch for the future generations to come.
 

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 1110 days ago

There is banding almost EVERYWHERE!

What amazes me is that is done in marble! Wood should be easier… Yes?

I think it would be a huge challenge just to make them in wood!

A lot of brain work required!

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob Simmons

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#2 posted 1110 days ago

Joe…

You’re welcome. One would think that wood would be easier. Whether one chooses marble or wood, there still is the same amount of design layout which requires an an immense amount of work. (you’re right!)

Then of course, there’s the skill factor of actually creating and applying the wonderful design elements. These were exceptionally talented craftsmen. I would have loved to see the construction of this Cathedral.

Thanks,
Bob

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 1110 days ago

Me too.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 1109 days ago

Great discussion and point Bob. Since I got into woodwork I have tried to find other things that spark my interest and makes me wonder “How could I incorporate that in a box?”. My cell phone is chocked full of images anywhere from windows to buildings to what ever else seems to strike me a creative nerve in me. I quite often just flip through them for different ideas.

I realized a long time ago while I played guitar that there is nothing really I could do or create that hasn’t already been done before in one way or another. So once I got into woodworking I carried over my thought process into my designs. My thinking is “If there is nothing new I can do… Why not find something I like and inspires me… And simply add my twist on it. You know… Make it me…”

So in saying that i love seeing stuff like you posted and just sit there and construct it in my mind. I often wonder a lot about about the craftsman behind work, and wonder what his thought process was for this & that….

Good post Bob….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 1109 days ago

Dan…

There’s some woodworking on here that you’ve posted and after seeing it, I thought to myself “Dan’s a very, very clever mechanic.” It seems to me that people who are committed to making improvements are continuously on the search for new thoughts and new ideas. Having a cell phone w/ a camera is a wonderful way to capture these new ideas. It’s a great habit to develop!

”there is nothing really I could do or create that hasn’t already been done before in one way or another.”

I remember about a year ago that Martin, the originator of Lumberjocks created a post. The post was to commemorate & celebrate reaching 40,000 Lumberjocks. In his humble post Martin stated that in the early beginnings he would have been thrilled to have just 100 Lumberjocks sign up. Moreover, look at Lumberjocks today and its popularity. Martin had a very good idea and ran with it. What would have happened if he stopped short?

Never underestimate the power of a single thought…good or bad.

“I often wonder a lot about about the craftsman behind work, and wonder what his thought process was for this & that….” ..........Dan, the craftsmen are whispering to us to join them.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Bob Simmons

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#6 posted 1109 days ago

Dan…

There’s some woodworking on here that you’ve posted and after seeing it, I thought to myself “Dan’s a very, very clever mechanic.” It seems to me that people who are committed to making improvements are continuously on the search for new thoughts and new ideas. Having a cell phone w/ a camera is a wonderful way to capture these new ideas. It’s a great habit to develop!

”there is nothing really I could do or create that hasn’t already been done before in one way or another.”

I remember about a year ago that Martin, the originator of Lumberjocks created a post. The post was to commemorate & celebrate reaching 40,000 Lumberjocks. In his humble post Martin stated that in the early beginnings he would have been thrilled to have just 100 Lumberjocks sign up. Moreover, look at Lumberjocks today and its popularity. Martin had a very good idea and ran with it. What would have happened if he stopped short?

Never underestimate the power of a single thought…good or bad.

“I often wonder a lot about about the craftsman behind work, and wonder what his thought process was for this & that….” ..........Dan, the craftsmen ( and innovators) are whispering to us to join them.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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