By Donald C. Williams
André Roubos 18th-century French textual content, LArt du Menuisier, is a generally revered resource on eu woodworking options of the pre-industrial period, however the tremendous four-volume paintings has been unavailable in English sooner than this ebook. This abridged and annotated translation provides a variety of fabric from the fourth quantity, together with dozens of illustrations reproduced from Roubos unique plates depicting various facets of the marqueters craft and similar trades. It specializes in concepts for the ornamentation of woodwork, together with parquetry, marquetry, mastic and steel inlay, with extra sections on completing, woods, polishing and different topics.
Roubos textual content is supplemented with picture essays by way of Williams, putting the cloth in a latest context whereas displaying tips on how to positioned Roubos the right way to use on your personal workshop. a desirable glimpse into the pro wooden store of 250 years in the past, packed with either ancient curiosity and in-depth, useful guide on thoughts which are all yet misplaced this day.
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It is too bad that the walnuts are subject to rot and to vermin. 65. Reed. This is an aquatic bush, of which the wood is very slender, pliant, soft and white, and of which the grain lines are extremely fine. This wood serves cabinetmakers for making string work when holly is not available. ] 66. ], fruit tree, of which the wood is solid, compact and medium-heavy, of a fine and close grain, and a reddish color. This wood polishes perfectly well, and takes well the black dye, such that it is used as a substitute for ebony.
This acidic liquor should be very concentrated and be absolutely free of all aqueous parts to be of a beautiful blue color, as I will speak more of later. Barberry is a little bush of which the fruits, and the bark of the roots are stained in yellow. That from Candie [island off the coast of Crete] has a very yellow wood, and passes for the best. Woad [this cannot be woad that produces a blue dye] is a rather common plant in France. One boils it in water to extract a yellow liquid, which mixed with a bit of alum, tints very well.
The woods of this color are: Cashew, #1; Amourette, #5; Brasilwood, #8; Snakewood, #13; Coral, #17; Red Ebony, #21; Campeachy, #30; Bloodwood, #42; Red Sandalwood, #45. Woods of a reddish color, deeply nuanced: Mahogany, #2; Aloes or Eagle Wood, #3; Cayenne Wood, #10; Cedar, #11; Copaiba, #16; Aulne, #50; Service Berry, #54; Yew, #62; Mulberry, #63; Pear, #66; Plum, #68; Wild Cherry #69. Yellow. The woods of this color are: Citron, #14; Fuset, #27; Yellow Wood, #32; Cinnamon Wood, #9; Yellow Citrin, #43; Boxwood, #51; Barberry, #56; Prickwood, #60; Elder, #71; Ear of Wheat, #24; Lapire, #33; Rose, # 41; and Satinwood, #46 [tulip poplar].