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