Thursday, October 2, 2014


It may seem as if I have disappeared into the abyss which, as I'll explain later, is basically what happened.  For now though I want to call your attention to an outstanding video from PBS called Building Pharaoh's Chariot.  It documents the work of a team of experts as they recreate two chariots based on careful study of historical artifacts and writings.  Even if you have no interest in ancient Egypt, as a woodworker you will find this fascinating.  An engineer on the team says that a modern expert could not improve on the design.  It uses the properties of wood in ingenious ways to create a fast light maneuverable instrument of war that was dominant on the battlefield.  One of the most interesting aspects of the design is the use of steam bending so extreme that it was very difficult to recreate, which the program goes into in some detail.  I did not realize it is even possible to bend wood into such acute angles.  The wheel design is absolutely incredible and unlike anything I have ever seen.  The steam bent shaft acts as a natural shock absorber, important because it provides a stable platform for the archer.

Have fun.


  1. Hi Andy good to hear from you again.
    I've watched that show and even debated buying the dvd of it. The old masters knew what they were doing.
    Is the desk done? That is the last post I remember from you.

  2. Yep. Saw it a couple of months ago. Really great episode. Lots of stuff that's still done every day in traditional green woodwork.

    Good to hear from you again!