Craftmanship
January 13, 2019 11:16 AM   Subscribe

Forged and Filed is a video by Jesse Beecher showing the construction of Seth Gould's piece "Coffer", a modern armada chest (more armada chest images).
posted by Stark (9 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
 
I was in the Met Museum in NYC yesterday. There, in the medieval Europe section, they had a room with various incredible objects from the time: beautiful stained glass, a clockwork gilt globe with constellations, elaborate ewers, inlaid game boards, etc. Each of them had a little icon in the corner denoting its value in cattle, with the clockwork gilt globe, for example, shown as worth 179 cows.

So what I'm saying is: I'm offering 350 cattle for Coffer.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 11:32 AM on January 13 [6 favorites]


At the point in the video (about 1:49) when it shows Gould first fitting two pieces together, where one slides neatly through the other with close tolerance, I actually said “Wow.” out loud.

At the end of the video:

“Jesus H. Christ”
posted by darkstar at 12:09 PM on January 13 [3 favorites]


I really wish they'd do a video about the design process, explaining how it all works and how he figured out how to do the mechanics.
posted by aramaic at 1:49 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


I was at Château Vianden in Luxembourg with a couple MeFites earlier today and they had one of these on display. I didn't read the (tiny, French) placard, but thanks to this post I now know what it was.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:25 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


So cool.
posted by Wretch729 at 4:42 PM on January 13


I just started working with metals recently and this is blowing my mind right now.
posted by jessypie at 6:08 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


I support a blacksmith on Patreon. One on his projects is this similar but more stripped down Nuremberg box. The lessons go into lotsa detail.

There's an upscale antique shop in NYC that had a couple of armada boxes last spring, I think.
posted by bonobothegreat at 6:16 PM on January 13 [2 favorites]


That was a stunning piece of work. I dropped by his online store, but every single thing was sold out, probably with good reason.
posted by Harald74 at 4:26 AM on January 14


At the point in the video (about 1:49) when it shows Gould first fitting two pieces together, where one slides neatly through the other with close tolerance, I actually said “Wow.” out loud.

Oh hell yes I'm so with you on that. I love close-tolerance metal fitting. It's like the Oddly Satisfying feeling ratcheted up 300%.
posted by lazaruslong at 7:09 AM on January 14


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