|Project by Sam Shakouri||posted 02-27-2013 09:52 AM||1366 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Well, first, what are MACHICOLATES or Machicolations? Many people have never heard this word but I needed it to write this article to tell you how I turned them on my lathe and found it in (Parts Of Castles In The Middle Ages). They are the top part of a castle that surround its roof. The main purpose of them is defensive by providing a clear access across the top of the battlement enabling the soldiers to quickly follow the attack point of the enemy.
Now, how I turned them on my lathe for the chess box that looked like a castle? Again as usual, necessity was the mother of all invention. They were one ring of 12 segments that I screwed (not glued) on the roof of the castle. as in pic#1. After turning them together, I unscrewed the ring in one piece and cut off the waste parts as in pictures #2,3. By then I had 6 machicolates and 6 waste parts, as in pic #4. And last step was to glue them without the waste parts leaving equal gaps between them as in pics 5&6. Here my wooden castle was, with Machicolates to look like real one.
NOTE: If you like to read more about Machicolates, go to: http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/parts-of-castles-in-the-middle-ages.htm
NOTE#2: pictures #4,5 & 6 are replaced by better ones.
-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....