Then, I went back to Stockholm. I had long known about Skokloster Slott http://skoklostersslott.se/en because of the collection of 17th-century tools there…but my original itinerary didn’t have time or space to visit Stockholm. I saw Johan Lyrfalk http://hyvlar.se/ at the Lie-Nielsen Open House in July and he said if I came to Stockholm, he’d make arrangements so we could visit Skokloster together. So I did. Johan, Bengt Nillson, Paer Hansen, Alex Hoglund and Christopher Martens took me on a whirlwind tour, starting at Skokloster. Lotta Lindley was our guide there, and she took us everywhere.
The planes in particular, but I think many of the other tools too, were ordered from the toolmaker Jan Arnendtz in Amsterdam in 1664. Skokloster even has the paperwork concerning the purchase of the tools…
the “lathe” room was ridiculous – and I was overwhelmed by the planes…so I barely got any details in here. There were so many tools I knew nothing about…the ones pictured here at least are recognizable; gouges, skews, normal turning tools.
Back in the first room. there was a great table. At first, I thought it was a draw table with an un-associated top sitting on it. But after looking it over, and seeing many more tables in the castle, I decided it was all original, and was just missing its drawer. The stone top had an inlaid frame around it, now most of the inlay is gone. Two stretchers are replaced, but two are original. What caught my eye is the “lipped” tenon, where the rail slips over the stile. This joint appears a lot in furniture made in Plymouth Colony, c. 1640-1680s.
Nice chisels and gouges. I think many of these are also Dutch, if I recall correctly.
These large paring tools are beautiful examples. Not sure they have an English counterpart; something like a “slick.”
Some nice wooden squares, including one with scribed circles on its blade.
Some of the staging that was used during the construction of the castle. Work mostly stopped around 1676, one piece I read said this staging was reconstructed when Skokloster opened as a museum.
If you have read the blog kept by Roald Renmælmo and Tomas Karlsson https://hyvelbenk.wordpress.com/ then you might have seen these tools and this collection before. Here’s a couple of their posts on the subject: