Monthly Archives: May 2011

A George II Mahogany Reader’s Companion – Part Three

The sun has returned and the temperature is a pleasant workable 9.3°C. (48.7°F.) in The Lemon Studio. I glued the reader’s companion together yesterday afternoon and this morning I began tidying it all up. I faired the ears into the … Continue reading

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A George II Mahogany Reader’s Companion – Part Two

The reader’s companion is all ready for gluing together, but the meteorological forecast isn’t providing me with a sufficient break in the weather in which to dart outside and do the deed. In retrospect, there have been a few missed … Continue reading

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Seventeenth-Century Instruction on Varnishing

I say seventeenth-century; the following excerpt from William Salmon’s Polygraphice was published in 1701, but was plagiarised from Stalker & Parker’s earlier work, A Treatise on Japanning and Varnishing, published in 1668 (varnishing, varnish-making and finishing in general have long … Continue reading

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The Yew

The common yew The broad spreading common yew (Taxus baccata) once composed a large proportion of the great primeval forests that dominated the earth long before the advent of broadleaved trees. The common yew (Taxus baccata). Photo © Penny Mayes … Continue reading

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A George II Mahogany Reader’s Companion – Part One

George II mahogany reader’s companion, circa 1755. On a cool mid eighteenth-century autumn morning, deep in England’s green and pleasant countryside, you find yourself in your considerable pile, perusing the tomes in your two-storey, balconied library; searching for a little … Continue reading

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A William and Mary Yew Stool – Part One

Yew (Taxus baccata) is a conifer, thus technically a softwood, however it is anything but a soft wood. Its aroma is akin to that of the majority of the Pinaceae family and its colours can resemble that family’s on occasion … Continue reading

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