A traverse, or navigation, board made from a single broad plank of oak. The top half has a compass rose with 32 points. Each point has 8 holes to allow for indicators to be set at each of the eight shifts so recording direction. The speed of travel is recorded for each of the 8 shifts in the boxes below. The lettering is in Dutch.
Hand fabricated brass navigational dividers. Based on examples recovered from Mary Rose (1545).
Beech shovel carved from a single piece of wood. Based on an example recovered from Mary Rose (1545). Metal shoe not added.
Spalted boxwood writing set. Comprising of: inkwell (based on the horn version recovered from Mary Rose (1545), pen pot and pounce pot. Shown with turkey, goose and swan quills.
Bone rosary based on an example recovered from Mary Rose (1545).
Heavy, carved boxwod bobbins, possibly used for gold work. Based on exmples in the Pinto collection, Birmingham.
A simple ash tinder box with damper, nailed construction. Based on an example recovered from Mary Rose (1545).
A pegged version is available elsewhere on the website.
Surgeons equipment, including two turned canisters, a feeding bottle and a bandage needle. Based on Tudor examples.
One of the most challenging pieces I make, this version of a staved wooden tankard uses many different types of wood according to their purpose. Based on examples recovered from Mary Rose (1545).
A Tudor shaving set, with some parts sourced from Mary Rose (1545) amongst others. The razor handle is made from bone and horn. This set was bought for use in the first series of ‘The Tudors’.
A boxwood rattle turned with captive rings. Usually made as gifts, I also make cage type and ball type ends.
Just a few of the fancy pomaders I have made over the years, mostly from boxwood, often painted and sometimes gilded.
Made with reference to historical themes, events and nationalities.
A brass pen with matching holder, hung on a hand woven silk ribbon.
A pair of boxwood nutcrackers, based on an example in the Pinto collection in Birmingham Museum.
An original boxwood Tudor comb, and my version of it.
A miniature chest and accompanying 1/12 scale associated replica artefacts, with a presentation scroll.
The only concession to scale was the thickness of the wood for the chest for reasons of durability. The items are all made with the appropriate materials, including the silver dress pin, the silver coins and the brass thimble.
Made as a leaving gift.
A lantern with parchment panes.
Although the wooden form for this lantern was taken from a Tudor original, the panes would have been horn, not parchment which has been used in this instance for economy and ease of replacement.
The instricption reads ‘Luceat Lux Vestra’ (‘Let Your Light Shine’).
A whittle tang knife with boxwood handle and matching boxwood sheath, on a leather thong. Made with reference to an extant example recovered from Mary Rose, the unfinished carving on the original sheath has been continued around all sides on the reproction, and the handle embellished.
A dyed, 3 sided leather table bottle with Elizabethan initials ‘JS’.
Capacity approximately 2 pints
A fine calf skin leather jerkin made for the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and previously on display there.
Three ink horns of differing capacities, with slightly different finishes.
These were made to hung from a suspension collar (not shown) or to be set into a hole in a desk or table.
These are available to order, but with different capacities due to the nature of the beast!
A toy horse and cart made for a Roman museum
A hand-line fishing set.
The bag and parts of the set are sourced from the Mary Rose, Portsmouth.
The parts shown are: hand-line; cast lead weights cork and feather floats; disgorger; hemp line.
Modern hooks are included (in a leather wallet) to allow the hand-line to be used practically. A couple of reproduction hooks are in included for authenticity.
A girdle in the form of a Tudor rosary, complete with turned cross pendant. The form is taken from an example recovered from Mary Rose.
Knitting sheath in the form of a fish, carved from boxwood, the shape from a medieval needle case.
Knitting sheaths were used as an extra pair of hands to take the weight of the knitting whilst working on several needles.
This item wasa one-off piece for regular customer and friend. The shape was dictated by the material, but proved practical for the purpose.
A birch and boxwood walking staff.
The head is in the form of a dragon, which is sourced from a Tudor linstock in the Mary Rose collection, Portsmouth. The shaft also has a natural barley twist with vine oles, through which a modelled lead snake was threaded. The headpiece is centre dowelled and cross pinned.