4,000 year old turned wooden ear studs on Dartmoor!

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4,000 year old turned wooden ear studs on Dartmoor!

Postby HughSpencer » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:29 am

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Re: 4,000 year old turned wooden ear studs on Dartmoor!

Postby monkeeboy » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:57 pm

Nice.

I've got some 3" wide fresh spindle if anyone wants some?
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Re: 4,000 year old turned wooden ear studs on Dartmoor!

Postby SeanHellman » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:42 pm

Great to see Mr King again with his pole lathe on the telly. Saw the programme on iplayer only yesterday, just stumbled across it, makes a change from missing most things.
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Re: 4,000 year old turned wooden ear studs on Dartmoor!

Postby anobium » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:41 pm

The age of the spindle wood can be confirmed using dendrochronology, but how was the wood turned? The British Iron Age dates back to about 800BC so the tools must have been either bronze or possibly flint. Any ideas on this?
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Re: 4,000 year old turned wooden ear studs on Dartmoor!

Postby AlexanderTheLate » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:48 pm

www.Stuartking.co.uk

Has an artical on the subject. :)
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Re: 4,000 year old turned wooden ear studs on Dartmoor!

Postby Brian Williamson » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:02 am

The TV program in question is currently on the BBC iplayer.

You couldn't date the wood by dendochronology. You need evidence of about sixty rings for that and there were far fewer visible on the studs. Also, I believe that much of the tree dating work is based on oak and I'm not sure how accurately you could transpose it to other species, particularly underwood species.

The program shows Stuart King turning with steel tools, but also moving on to turning with a bronze chisel - has anyone seen anyone trying to turn with a flint tool?

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