I have produced replicas of archaeological finds for many clients, including:
the Mary Rose Trust
the Jorvik Centre
the Irish National Heritage Centre
the Globe Theatre
the Institute of Archaeology
- replicas for museums
My replicas are based on extensive research and produced using exactly the same techniques as the originals. This means the weight, feel of the toolmarked finish and slightly oval shape (caused by shrinkage during drying) are all exactly right.
Whatever the period or setting I am happy to suggest a range of appropriate designs or produce replicas from your own archaeological drawings.
- Ridley Scott film "Nottingham"
Known for their attention to detail, Ridley Scott's researchers read my book before commissioning a range of woodware suitable for the film's Medieval setting. As well as a selection of different-sized bowls they ordered four silver mounted mazers. All the woodware was sent to them unfinished so they could artificially 'age' it.
- Mary Rose replicas
All replicas of originals found on board the Tudor warship, this group includes lidded pots that were found in the Barber-Surgeon's chest and a lanthorn. This has a turned top and base, and panels made from horn framed by thin slats of wood, one of which is hinged to allow lighting of the candle.
- balance scales
These are not really "scales" as they don't have a scale, but balances for comparing the weight of things. The earlier ones, like those found on the Mary Rose were hand held and the later ones shown here (made for the Weald & Downland museum) were free-standing.
- Weald & Downland Museum
Many museums put on cookery demonstrations in traditional kitchens for educational purposes. This selection of woodware is used by the Weald & Downland Museum and there is a similar selection in the kitchens at Hampton Court palace.
- Mary Rose bowl and ladle
The Mary Rose Trust run an active educational programme and use a wide variety of my woodware, replicas of items found on board the Tudor warship, to give children a greater appreciation of the original items and their uses.
- Jorvik Viking Centre
Famed for taking visitors back in time to experience the sights and smells of Viking York, the museum commissioned a selection of replica woodware along with a bag of waste from the workshop floor.
- turned flask
These ones are based on archaeological drawings, but similar flasks are still made today in Eastern Europe. They are turned in two directions; firstly the feet, neck and where the straps attach are turned. Then they are remounted on the other axis so the back and front can be turned and the flask hollowed out inside.
- Irish National Heritage Centre
These are replicas of traditional Irish vessels. The lamhogs (front) are turned; the reciprocating motion of the pole lathe allows the wood on either side of the handle to be turned, a time-consuming but pleasing process. The methers (rear) are entirely carved.