Monday, February 16, 2015

Fresh Answers for Furniture Historians

“The Dominy material is good,” Hummel told me, “but it isn’t perfect.” There are no inventories – only lists of tools bought or bartered- and questions remain about the way the shop was used. Even if everything were known about the Hay and Dominy shops, it would still be presumptuous to make broad generalizations about thousands of unknown shops based on only two examples.

Still, it’s hard not to imagine that somewhere in the countryside another workshop might provide some fresh answers. Indeed, I’ve heard about one or two recently discovered 19th century sites, but none are as old or as well documented as the Dominy workshop. “I really do hope that there is something better,” Hummel told me. Until an intact, more definitive example is revealed, or a time machine is perfected, we will have to wrestle with these questions on our own.

-Scott Landis, The Workshop Book


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