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Constructing Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions with Historical Notes Paperback – December 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811727955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811727952
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Diehl is a Stackpole Books author.

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Daniel Diehl is an author, writer and investigative historian with thirty years experience in his field. For nearly twenty years Diehl has been involved in writing for publication and documentary television production.

Diehl's work has won awards from the Houston (Texas) Film Festival, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US) and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Arts Foundation. Working alone and as a part of the multi-award winning team of Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly, Diehl has produced work in two main categories; trade publication and television documentary scripts. His canon of work includes eighteen non-fiction books (which have been translated into nine foreign languages) and scripts for more than one hundred and seventy hours of documentary television primarily for A&E Network, The History Channel, History International and Discovery Network.

In addition to his books and scripts, Diehl has served as historical consultant on such films as The Color Purple (Amblin Entertainment, 1986), Darrow (PBS Television Theatre, 1991) and Baskin's Run (Finnegan's Wake Productions, 1994). He has also written for such periodicals as Victorian Homes, Gilded Age (which he also edited), Old House Journal, Sacred Spaces, Country Victorian, FLAIR, Tournaments Illuminated, Popular Woodworking, Conde Nast Traveler and numerous other publications. He has also contributed short stories and wrote the introduction for Midici Books' collection '303 Short Stories'.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Charles Gadda on August 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have given this a 5-star rating in spite of a few flaws mostly to counteract the frankly irrational and severely negatively biased earlier reviews, the nature of which strongly suggest to me more of a witch hunt against the authors then an honest review.

Little background on me: I am primarily an armourer, specializing in Vendel Period helmets but I also forge my own swords and daggers, make riveted maille, do a lot of cutlering, and so forth. To aid in these endeavours I have accumulated a VERY large library on the subject - something on the order of 200-300 or so books, archaeological journals and articles, and the like, including a lot of rare and foreign language books. Not included in this are many other texts on blacksmithing, woodworking, jewelry making and so forth to teach the basic skills needed. So even though furniture is not my specialty, I do have a very thorough understanding of doing reproduction work in general and scholarship in particular. Keep this in mind as we proceed.

Let us first discuss the legitimate flaws of this work, followed by exposing the absurd review points, and then close with the strengths of this very useful book.

The only significant flaw in this book is the lack of good documentation. While it is obvious that the authors had *some* basis for the assertions made, even I found many of the historical notes dubious. Not that I am able to refute them (and it should also be pointed out that none of the negative reviewers seem capable of citing sources, either) but it would have made for a much better work had statements such as these been carefully documented. This is a very serious problem with the book, and a legitimate complaint.

With that out of the way, the rest of the points raised range from "True, but so what?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Knight on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was a very good book. Of course if you are looking for the exact plans measured off the real thing then save yourself some time. If you are looking to make Medieval-looking furniture and are not an Authent-o-crat then you will like this. It has good solid designs and plans for the modern medievel enthusiast. Gets you from point A to point B using tools that we have in the 21st century and is the best I have been able to find.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jens Parks (parksj@intellisys.net) on November 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
The plans offer a good starting point for anyone interested in medieval furniture construction, but please don't take the accompanying background seriously, because it is full of inaccuracies and insubstantiated rumors. This said, if you are an enthusiast of medieval furniture, use the projects in this book as a starting point for your own exploration of medieval woodwork and to guide you in your research.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1998
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Diehl provides some useful measured drawings for those of us who can't make it to the V&A. But nothing is documented (esp. his dubious historical notes, e.g., that seasoning wood was unknown in the Middle Ages, that drawboring was used because they worked with green wood). Modern woodworkers will find it adequate; students of medieval carpentry should steer clear.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
There are many problems with this book. The author uses the wrong terminology; he makes mistaken assumptions on the construction of the furniture; his woodworking methodology is very lacking; he dosen't appear to be a seasoned woodworker talking about making medieval furniture, but someone into medieval times writing about the furniture; 8 of the 19 projects are considered mideval on a technicality - beging made 50 or so years before the time frame ended; he says dovetails sould be cut with a hand held saber saw. I can picture people running to the local home center and buying 2x material and digging at it with dull chisels claiming it is medieval because it is crude. There are some good points. The tapestry and candle stand are inspiring, and the couple pages of resources at the back of the book. Anybody serious about medieval furniture should not consider this authoritative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Triton on May 23, 2011
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I picked this book up on a whim (at it's current low price it was easy to do that). I thought I might like to try my hand at medieval furniture construction in between scabbarding projects. After reading the book I've come to the conclusion that this volume at least doesn't have any projects that would fit in my house very well, but that's not the book's fault. So, although I doubt I'll be building any of the projects in here, nonetheless I'm glad I purchased the book. It's an interesting thing to read through and I did get some good ideas from it for some scabbarding projects.
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Great book on 'how did they do that', makes you long for the 'old ways' of a quite producive shop.
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