|Project by tallshipsailor||posted 09-12-2014 03:07 PM||1673 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
A year ago I bought a book on how to make 18 traditional navigational tools. I chose 3 of them; the Quadrant, Cross Staff, and the BackStaff. Here is the quadrant, used by sailors as early as the 1400, but much earlier by astronomers and land surveyors.
The main body is of purple hart trimmed with sapelli.
When ever I make things of this nature, I always set up a system of fabrication along with jigs, patterns, and material lists, and usually make 2-4 items at a time. With this project I made 2 of each instruments along with a case that stored all three.