Medieval Chests

This is the start of work and documentation on chests I want to make and the basis for them.  All of this is because of the inspiration of Master Dafydd ap Gwystl, to whom I owe a great deal for his guidance and patient tutelage.  His article, Medieval Chests, 800-1600, can be found here or downloaded from the library.  

In addition to the two chest shown here, I have visited the Ouevre Museum in Strasbourg, France and taken pictures of various chests (and a chair) in that Museum. 

This first chest is a 13th century hutch style chest.  The interesting thing about this chest is the three different chip carved designs.  I am planning to make one of these, but need to finish some research on appropriate materials other than oak, and need to determine the dimesions of the wood pieces.

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This second chest shows a single chip carved design in three places resulting in a very elegant box.  It has the addition of some decorative iron strapping and the addition of cut-out decoration (arcading) at the bottoms of the legs (or styles).   I have begun the construction of two replicas (in reduced size).  In Jun 00, I made a pilgrimage to Laneham church, and took more detailed photos, so I can make accurate reproductions.  The photos from two different trips to Laneham Church can be viewed here... along with photos of the reproduction I have done.  

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