These are sites on Medieval Woodworking or related topics.
Note: Other medieval woodworking resources can be found
on my Research page.
- Fellow Medieval Woodworkers
- This is a very comprehensive site on Medieval and Renaissance
woodworking. I haven't had time to review it in depth yet.
the MasterJoyner A commercial site with examples of hand-crafted
Oakley's Plans - Assorted plans for medieval furniture.
- Tom Rettie's
Home Page - Currently turning, but other resources as well.
- Another Era
Lutherie - Craig Pierpont is a craftsman I know personally,
in the context of my medieval re-creation hobbies. When Craig shows
up, the rest of us quietly slide our own efforts behind the mead
barrel and hope that nobody notices. His harps are gorgeous, his
joinery superb, and his prices out of my reach. If you're in the
market for a harp that will last for generations, check him out.
- Lord Rhys - Rhys,
like myself, favors furniture, particularly camp furniture. His
site has a number of useful class handouts and plans that look very
- Shopping - Where to Buy Tools and Materials
- (5/17/2006) UK suppliers of quality old antique woodworking tools
and collectables. I've not done business with this crew, but they
contacted me asking for a link. And I'm a sucker for flattery. Having
not actually bought anything, I'm not in a position to comment on
quality of service or goods, but I can offer a web site review.
This company has a very attractive web site that is easy to navigate.
Thier prices are premium, but appear to be fair. They have a wide
selection of antique tools that appear to be in very good condition.
A bottom-feeder like myself would not find a lot to purchase there,
unless they had the one tool I absolutely HAD to have. I recommend
this vendor for meeting specific needs in a timely manner, when
you don't have time to search the bottom of boxes as swap meets
to find what you need for that project due next month. Visitors
from the eastern side of the Atlantic should remember that shipping
will add a substantial amount to the price, and those prices are
in pounds, not dollars. Anyone who has had customer experiences
with OldTools.co.uk is invited to contact me for an e-mail interview
and we will add the results to this entry.
- Historic Enterprises
- This is a new discover for me (3/29/2006) and I'm looking forward
to exploring what they have to offer.
- Woodcraft Catalog -
Woodcraft straddles the line between Neanderthals and Normites,
offering both power tools and hand tools.
- Rockler Tools
- Rockler tools specializes in power tools. They carry a wide variety
of name brands and I've never heard anyone complain about the service
Wade - Garret Wade is a tool vendor with a well-established
reputation. I have never dealt with them myself, but they seem to
offer name-brand hand tools at competitive prices.
- Van Dykes Restorers
- These guys are a little pricey, but they have hinges, handles,
and even old-fashioned locks. If you're in a hurry, it can beat
making them yourself.
Valley Hardware - Check out the hardware section for both fake
"hand made" hardware and actual hand-made hardware at
very competitive prices.
Hardware - I find these guys to have premium prices, but they
have a wide variety of stock and a good reputation among some wood
crafters. I've not done business with them myself, so you will have
to form your own opinion.
- Dick Feine
Werkzeuge - As you might have guessed, these guys are not from
around these parts. I've not done business with them yet, but they
look to have both new and re-conditioned hand tools. Be careful:
the prices are in Euros, not dollars. Oh, and there's a small button
in the lower right-hand corner that will translate the site, if
not the prices, into English for you
- www.ebay.com - I've
bought most of my hand tools either in-person or on eBay. I've gotten
some lemons, and I've gotten some good bargains. You take chances
on eBay, even when you deal with reputable sellers. You just can't
be sure if you can't seethe merchandise. Caveat emptor.
Oh, and if you shop on www.ebay.co.uk,
beware the shipping. I bought a brace and bit set at a real
bargain one time. And then spent four times that shipping
it over from Yorkshire. Caveat emptor, indeed.
for Self Reliance - This is a charity group over in the UK that
provides hand-tools for artisans and farmers in Africa. A sort of
grass-roots economic aid. They also buy a quantity of medieval tools
made new from smiths in Tanzania. I have never done business with
them. Please let me know what you discover.
Bruks is a Swedish company that is reputed by some to make the
best axes in the world today. Again, I do not own a Gransfors Bruks
tool, but there is something to be said for a company that has the
smith stamp his personal initials on every tool he makes, where
they will remain, always and forever.
- Osborne Wood - This
gentleman contacted me asking for a link exchange. I've found his
site to be interesting and informative. Online catalog of wood components.
Stock and custom turnings for your project!
- Other Medieval or Craft-Related Links
- This is an article on pavilions without perimeter poles.
English Books Online - This is a compilation of thousands and
thousands of early English manuscripts, both in original format,
and keyed-in text versions.
Editions - Renascence Editions places works printed in English
between the years 1477 and 1799 online. These texts are not represented
by the publisher as scholarly editions in the peer-reviewed sense
and are made available to the public for nonprofit purposes only.
British Library - This is an on-line compilation of hundreds
of medieval manuscripts hosted by the British Library
Ruttan - Howard has eaten slept, lived, and breathed sawdust
(and shavings) for over 20 years. His shop, like most of us, is
a combination of power and hand-tools, and he has a number of on-line
- Title: My Woodworking
Expert - Info on Tools, Plans, Project, Patterns
Description: Info on Wood Working Plans, Projects, & Patterns
Tool, Power Tools, & Equipment Reviews
- This site's main point is that they are contractors who specialize
in restoring historic building using techniques appropriate to the
building and the period. But they also sell vintage wood reclaimed
from old buildings.
E-mail: mcnutt -at- pobox.com