Spooky Spooky Medieval Magic

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Project by JADobson posted 03-24-2017 06:51 PM 1053 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I studied medieval history in University and was recently asked by my former supervisor to turn a medieval candlestick for a museum exhibit on medieval magic. The turned candlestick was then scanned and printed on a 3D printer for the final exhibit. All of the artifacts are reproductions built on the printer (due to the illicit nature of magic in the middle ages no actual artifacts exist, just descriptions (shown in last photo). The entire exhibit can then be sent to other locations digitally and reproduced there. This is exhibit will be visiting Kalamazoo MI from the 11th to the 14th of May for the Medieval Congress and then will be at the University of Waterloo in Ontario after that. It will then travel to the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies in Toronto, ON.

This particular artifact was supposedly used for summoning angels. Incense would be burned under the wax table and if the practitioner was holy enough an angel would appear in the smoke and they would be able to have a conversation. So far we haven’t gotten it to work. What does that say about us?

The turning is out of oak.

Edit: Here is video of it:

Can’t seem to get the embed feature to work.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 06:54 PM

Awesome … good work! Now conjure up some tools or really great lumber … and if it works PM me for my address!

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 09:26 PM

so let’s see if i understand – the candlestick is scanned, and then rather than ship the exhibit, the data is sent and a new exhibit is 3D printed at each location? if that’s it, that IS magic. now, can you turn my pile of cut offs into straight grained teak?

nice work on the turning.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 10:09 PM

Hi Doug, that is exactly it. Neat use of technology in the humanities.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#4 posted 03-25-2017 03:09 AM

Wait 20 years and this ill be ancient technology!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 03-25-2017 01:02 PM

Great job!

I also studied Mediaeval History in college. My professors did not teach anything fun like Magic or Alchemy – they focused on the practical subjects like torture and execution techniques.

Shipping an exhibit digitally is one step away from a completely virtual exhibit – no objects or trip to a museum necessary – just a set of VR goggles in the comfort of your own home. (I think I like the old way better.)

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 03-25-2017 07:53 PM

Hi Leafherder, that is what is neat about this exhibit. It takes advantage of technology but maintains the traditional gallery that you can actually visit all while making the exhibit more accessible to people all over the world.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 08:21 PM

I luv mid-evil times and things from that period of time

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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