On Sunday, September 24th from 12-4pm, Thomas Latane and Derek Olson will demonstrate medieval hand powered construction technology starting with a tree at Castlerock Museum in Alma. The goal of this year’s program will be to recreate a Viking Era stool.
Simple three or four legged stools are common archeological finds. From the Lund excavation in Denmark to those in York, England, the evidence of these vernacular furniture forms has been left behind. And though the form dates back to 1000 AD or earlier, it is very recognizable and even modern in appearance.
Tom Latane is a blacksmith and wood worker, with a shop in Pepin, Wisconsin, where he focuses on pre-industrial technology. Derek Olson is an award winning woodworker from LaCrosse, Wisconsin, focused on hand tool techniques. He has published articles in Popular Woodworking Magazine and is currently writing a book on Medieval Furniture.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children four and under are free. Members receive a 50% discount. Contact the museum at 608-685-4231 or [email protected] for more details.