Sailmaker's Forms (benches)

Discussion in 'History' started by frayedknotarts, Jan 31, 2007.

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  1. I've a friend who wants to make an authentic sailmaker's form and while I can do him a 'basic' plan from scratch, I would rather check my mental dimensions first by seeing if anyone has a picture of an old sailmaker's setup or knows of a book wherein there is a plan for a form.

    While length, width and height are all pretty standard as are support methods, the Devil is in the details.... the "kitchen" for the tools, any under-bench "closes", and the 'distaff' where one attaches the bench-hook especially seem to be totally arbitrary.

    Any information, pictures, book references, even a sketch, would be appreciated.

    (And yes, this will make it's way onto the tutorials pages when done.)
  2. Still looking.... pics and descriptions so far sent offline most appreciated....
  3. Thanks! An altogether indispensible book!

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