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At one of the major museums, an hour's drive from our place, they have a display (a small room, maybe 10' x 10'?) containing the reconstructed walls and ceiling treatments of a highly-figured room that must originally have come from a palace, castle, royal estate, whatever (15th, 16th century?). If you're not a woodworker, you can't possibly understand what this kind of work must have entailed.
I can't imagine what it was like to dedicate yourself to such a project nor how satisfying it must have been when it came together.
A sidebar is that Gifford Pinchot was the forester of the estate woodlands, and the National Forest Service grew out from that.
Okay, unlimited grotesque (as in style) hand carving which was the hallmark of medieval baroque architectural.
I have to laugh when people are under the assumption our forefathers were all great master craftsmen. I guess my point is what you are seeing in the fine detail is probably more the norm than not. In reference to the work above, though I wouldn't want my entire house to look like that, I still love this very old, very handmade looking relief.
And, yes, contributor J - after you pointed out that the curved molding was cut in sections, I did feel like those woodworkers weren't so terribly different from us after all. The space shuttle of the 1400's was the regional Cathedral, pushing the envelope and skills of every person in every trade as it rose from the surrounding town. The Church and what government there was used this to their advantage to levy taxes, muster armies, and torture and burn offenders, real and perceived. To the original questioner: Besides being the fanciest waffle iron I've ever seen (the Madonna really will appear in your waffle), what is this wonderful looking thing?
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The populace was dumbfounded and slack-jawed, willing to accept whatever version of "too big to fail" they were fed.
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You may notice that many of the arc moldings are not smooth cut radius segments, but formed instead from a lot of little straight pieces (yuck). To me this makes the whole project seem all too familiar and the guys that worked on it my kinsmen. Balusters cut wrong and scabbed back together and mixed in on a straight run, slivers of handrail glued in to make up for miss cuts, scabbed together treads, and the list goes on. When each small element is looked at, you see it was executed in the most efficient manner available at the time. Gothic, medieval or baroque architecture (complete with saints and gargoyles) was supposed to overwhelm and scare the hell out of the peasants and make them more subservient to church and state. Not only was there little or no crap on the floor, but the light was multi-colored, the air smelled good, and heavenly voices also filled the air.
Had some huge Gothic shaped windows in from a historic church that the builder was all frazzled about reproducing.
As it turns out the back of the jambs were simply saw kerfed every three inches or so and the kinks up close were very pronounced, but in their application it looked great.
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