Of Grain Direction and Tea

Seemingly it wasn’t only banding and mouldings that were cross-grained in the late seventeenth-century:

I have been troubled this day about a difference between my wife and her maid Nell, who is a simple slut, and I am afeard we shall find her a cross-grained wench.[1]

Historically, this is a good day for a nice cup of tea, but as the needle is presently sitting on 32°C, I’m having mine in a long glass with ice and a slice of lemon.

Jack Plane

[1] Samuel Pepys’ diary entry for the 15th of December, 1661.

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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7 Responses to Of Grain Direction and Tea

  1. confur says:

    Cross grained….. Does that mean she snaps easily ?


  2. FIG Woodworks says:

    I am having a single malt with a touch of tap water


  3. Tim Caveny says:

    I hope it’s uisge beatha.


  4. Eek. That’s vivid imagery. I’ll file that one away for later… cross-grained. Hmmm. Not sure if non-woodworkers today would get the whole scope of the description though.


  5. ged gardiner says:

    As well as being involved in shipbuilding for the Royal Navy, Pepys had some tools off Sympson the joyner “which pleased me mightily” so we can be sure he knew what he was talking about.


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