Friday, April 24, 2015

Neck Deep




When I started to envision a book on medieval furniture, I didn't want to write something stuffy and scholarly. As I began to walk the path I realized a simple truth. I needed backup. I needed to have some sources, some research that dug deeper than the surface I was skimming.

Long story short. . . I started down a path I thought I knew well, but all to soon I realized there were deep places where I had not tread before. For those places I needed a flashlight.

That flashlight is research. Climbing on the shoulders of those who had gone before and hopefully seeing further.

Today I spent several hours hunkered down in the Kohler Art Library and it's vast archive of knowledge. It was incredible. I found sources for things I already knew. I found answers to questions I was asking myself. I mined enough raw ore to melt down and polish up into a book.

Now I have to continue to find out if I'm worthy of the task.

I'm not worried about building the furniture or documenting the process. I'm worried about writing a book others will find worth reading.

Ratione et Passionis
Oldwolf

3 comments:

  1. If it is written half as well as your blog, it'll be ok. Might not make the New York Times best seller list but it'll have a spot on one of my bookshelves.

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  2. Looking forward to picking up a copy. I started researching Medieval furniture back in the late 80's, but my resources were a bit limited. My best acquisition was a work done by an old SCA laurel on the subject. It was a compendium of sketches made from old manuscripts, which I still refer back to from time to time. Now all I need is an outlet for the work.

    Good luck on your book, I enjoy following your projects on the blog so the book will be a treat

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