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School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

Joy of Sectors II: Revisiting "The Arte & Misterie of Coopering"

You may remember this picture of a persnickety Perkins working the angles on a coopering demonstration.With a bit of math and the able assistance of my consulting engineer, we determined tha...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

Thoughts from the peeler: The artisan obsession and where does it end?

There is in just about every artisan, a touch of obsessive compulsion. Whether or not it's a disorder depends on how you feel about being both obsessive and compulsive at the same time with ...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

Breaking the shackles of time: Books, Writing, and Practical Paleography

"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are printed lots of funny squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

The Joy of Sectors: Getting our Galileo on...

"For the eye is always in search of beauty, and if we do not gratify its desire for pleasure by a proportionate enlargement in these measures, and thus make compensation for ocular deception...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

Sewing leather revisited - Making a sheath for my Frost Mora carving knife

Historical Note: I'm not sure who made the knife sheathes. There's no 'Scabbard Company' on the livery rolls in the 16th century. Possibly the Worshipful Company of Girdlers or they were a s...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

Drafting patterns for leatherworking

Note: This post isn't really about 16th century methodologies.I've shared a few of my favorite "hacks" (as the kids say) for making leather items with a bit of improvisation in the tools dep...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

Thoughts from the peeler: What am I?

Nothing happens in a vacuum. Not even this curious obsession of mine. The artisans of the 16th century were part of a larger society and so too am I one cog in a 21st century gear.I'm not a ...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 1Y ago

What I've been up to and other recent projects...

So... I haven't been completely idle this past year; I just haven't been doing anything in any sort of pre-planned and extensively- researched way. Mostly, I've been keeping myself busy when...
School of the Renaissance Artisan · 2Y ago

Peeling and pondering

Sometimes, you have to grab a pile of fruit and a knife and make a pie. But really, you just... just... want to peel something.More even than wood carving, taking knife to fruit is a supreme...