What tools did the Vikings use
to construct their ships? During the early years of the Song dynasty, while Sridhar Acharya's concept of "zero" was making it's way westward and a pair of anonymous Anglo-Saxon poets was committing the tale of Beowulf to animal skin, a Viking craftsman lost his tool chest. It is speculated that the chest fell overboard off a ship or through the ice into what was then a swamp on the modern island of Gotland, Sweden. The chest was unearthed in 1936
when a chain attached to the chest got caught on a farmer's plow. In it were the tools a Viking blacksmith/ship builder would need to ply his trade.
Named the Mästermyr chest its discovery was a boon to archaeologists, historians, re-enactors
, woodworkers and blacksmiths. The original tools
(catalogue of the items
) were restored and put on display. Numerous
copies and tributes
of the chest
or selected tools
have been made over the years including a complete replica
of both the chest and contents made using period techniques as a 'net project
of a blacksmiths and woodworkers. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Feb 9, 2014 -
Wood Central is a long lived forum
for woodworkers predating even young upstart Metafilter. Having been around for so long the forums are a source of immense knowledge of all things wood and some of that has been collected into posting archives and essays on their Articles and Reviews
page. So if you ever wanted to know
Wood Central's article page has you covered. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral
on Feb 15, 2013 -
The Toolchest Site
does what it says on the tin. Possibly the most mind blowing tool chest on the site is this masterful 1/12 scale reproduction
based on the Hewitt chest at Colonial Williamsburg, done by celebrated miniaturist William Robertson. Everything works like the original, down to the lock and the included tools like the plane and the folding rule.
posted by Harald74
on Nov 3, 2012 -
"Tool use in animals is rare, and bespeaks a level of intelligence that most of us are unaccustomed to associating with non-humans. That's what makes this video of a Green Heron using bread to lure fish to their doom so remarkable. One would be hard pressed to argue that this bird is not thinking critically about the technique it is employing to catch its prey. Not only is it demonstrating logic and reason in its capacity to understand that a piece of bread can be used as bait, it's also passing up the chance to eat the bread in favor of a better meal, actively weighing cost and benefit, pitting immediate gratification against delayed satisfaction. It's a stunning display of animal intelligence.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 27, 2012 -
is an Internet Magazine that concentrates on hand tools, the toolmakers and the tool distributors that operated mostly between the mid-1800s and mid to late-1900s. Particular attention centers upon the markings and labels of such makers and distributors, specifically those that can be classified as manufacturers and/or major distributors. [more inside]
posted by zamboni
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Machinery Scans a showcase for some of the most detailed advertisement engravings produced. During the later part of the 19th century most machinery and equipment makers spent large sums of money to have their tool or piece of machinery converted into an engraving for advertising.
The scans are of engravings produced from the 1850s-1890s.
posted by Mitheral
on Feb 28, 2012 -
is a well-produced video blog about traditional woodworking with hand tools. Many of the videos are aimed at the beginner. [more inside]
posted by jedicus
on Oct 31, 2011 -
Every day, our world gets a little bit smaller and a lot more complex. So much so that even minor decisions can have major consequences. Not just for trees or frogs or polar bears, but for human lives, and livelihoods. At its core, sustainability is about people. The Living Principles
for Design aim to guide purposeful action. It is a place to co-create, share and showcase best practices, tools, stories and ideas for enabling sustainable action across all design disciplines. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Sep 20, 2010 -
"My brother says that some day two men in white coats will come and take me away. Someone said that if they are men, after looking at the shop, they will forget what they came for and I should remain free". A photo tour
of the home workshop of Mr. Jacques Jodoin, including a video walkthrough
posted by woodblock100
on Sep 8, 2010 -
"The multifunction folded shovle (sic)
boasting a happy combination of a spade, pickax, trowel, hewing, knife, saw, scissors, hammer, operner (sic)
, shield, anchor, and oar is perfect design and refined making, making a pioneer in tools family!" I can guarantee you that never before (or, likely, again) will you be so
inspired by a multifunction shovel commercial. The music is exhilarating! (PS: This shovel does freaking everything
.) (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid
on May 7, 2010 -
is a rhyming dictionary that compares words based on their sounds, making it ideal for finding near-rhymes.
posted by archagon
on Feb 15, 2010 -
Cope pipe without a jig.
Enter a few parameters and get a pdf that will give you a printable pattern that will allow you to notch tubing for welding or brazing to another pipe.
posted by Mitheral
on Mar 15, 2008 -
, Use it to grab a quick quotation or other screen shot from a web site and embed it into a blog or other website (one click to Flickr and Tumblr).
] [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Dec 26, 2007 -
is a site by a Finnish guy who offers free plans for two dozen simple plywood boats you can build, along with photos illustrating the build process of each. He also describes basic woodbending technique and some of the design process, in a pleasing writing style that makes me want to get off the internet and make things. My favorites: Portuguese style dinghy
; tiny stubby halfpea
; round, Welsh-style coracle
-- if you click on no other link today, click on the coracle link and scroll down at least to the black and white photo.
posted by LobsterMitten
on Oct 12, 2007 -
"[A]n online application that allows you to view any Major League Baseball season, split by league or division (even wild card races), as an animated, date-by-date race between the various teams you choose."
posted by brain_drain
on Sep 11, 2006 -