Medieval James Himself

Medieval James Himself
Guide at Ozark Medieval Fortress

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Medieval Sharpening Stone

The tour at the Ozark Medieval Fortress goes to the stone carvers’ hut.  Although all the carved stones are a lot of work, one that has been especially impressive to me has been the sharpening stone.  In 2010, the first season, the blacksmith began with a sharpening stone from France.  By August he had asked the stone carvers to plan ahead and begin carving a new stone for sharpening tools.  The old one had worn away and was doomed to become just a handheld stone rather than a rotating sharpening stone.  Aug17 (50)

The stone carvers found a suitable stone.  The carter transported it to the stone carvers’ hut and they went to work shaping the stone.  It is thick.  It is heavy.  It had to be meticulously carved to be round.  Finally, it had to have the center drilled through for the blacksmith to attach it to the trough and turning arm.  The blacksmith customized new mounting brackets to balance the stone. 

The cooperation between the skilled craftsmen and their interdependency is one of the authentic aspects of the Ozark Medieval Fortress.

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