Extremely Fine Woodworking

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), they have a display, (a small room, actually / maybe 10’x10′?) inside of which are the reconstructed walls and ceiling treatments of a highly-figured room that must originally have come from a palace, castle, royal estate, whatever… (15th, 16th century?)

As you can see I’m guessing here… because I have these photos I took when I was there but I can’t recall the description written on the placard sitting adjacent to the ‘rooms’ entrance. (I’ll get this info when I re-visit and edit the post.)


I wanted you to see (what must have been) a monstrous amount of work AND a great deal of time from planning through finish.

I can’t imagine what it was like to dedicate yourself to such a project nor how satisfying it must have been when it came together.

The pictures speak for themselves…

corner where walls meet ceiling

ceiling's center

At the time this was made, there were no power tools… so you can only imagine the sheer volume of hand carving involved.

Dedication / love of craft / a pleasure to see…

Russell Hudson / 4/12

1 thought on “Extremely Fine Woodworking”

  1. That looks really like the work of a genius. If this was made in the times when no tools were available then i am sure such work can be duplicated in the current modern era…in fact it should be done.

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