I've been watching a lot of NatGeo specials on whales and elephants. I have come to the determination that they are more intelligent than homo sapiens. True, they are fairly endangered for survival, but think about it... do either species worry about global warming? Do either species build houses on the waterfront and then complain of the cruelties of Fate when the house is washed away? Didn't elephants high-tail it inland when the tsunami struck? Didn't Bob Barker do the right thing when he donated $5 million to the Sea Shepherds to aid in their fight to end the depredation of whales by a commercial fishing fleet masquerading as a government sponsored scientific research expedition?
Which brings me to the current brou-ha-ha over workbenches, Moxon, Felibien et. al. Mr. Full Chisel has joined the fray. Mr. Plimoth has continued to fray away at the discussion. And I have enjoyed snapping at people's heels as the discussion continues.
Once again, I am 'borrowing' a quote, now anonymous, from a recent email exchange:
"I agree with your description of the technique of re-engraving through a page of another print. Perhaps more interesting than the plow, is Moxon’s workbench. The workbench itself is a careful reversal. The bench fitments are independently engraved. The bench hook is correctly located on the left end of the bench. A single bench screw is added on the left end of the bench. Felibien has none. Felibien’s lengthy double bench screw (Plate XXX G) is moved from behind the bench, shortened and somehow attached to he bench’s right front edge. The hold fast and mallet are reversed. The mallet was shortened to make way for the well traveled double bench screw. The double bench screw seems rather awkward on the right hand end of the bench. All this amounts to quite a bit of copying and new engraving in one print."