A Few Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Medieval and Early Modern Woodworking


Like many areas of study, medieval and early modern woodworking tends to elicit a core set of questions that seem to get asked time and again. Over the past several years I have collected some of these, along with the answers to which my research has led.

Was all medieval furniture made of oak?

Did medieval carpenters always work in "green" wood?

Did medieval craftsmen use nails?

So what about glue?

But they didn't use screws, did they?

Was medieval furniture "sanded"?

What is "drawboring"?