Well, it didn't have the "living" part (unless you count the beautiful gardens and grounds of the estate), but it was extraordinary nonetheless. I was mainly interested in the Dominy shops, but there was a huge mansion-turned-museum that no doubt held untold hundreds of fine furniture pieces. I didn't get a chance to see that part - even if I did, it was on a guided tour, so I wouldn't have been able to spend quality time with the furniture.
The recreation of the Dominy shop was behind glass walls, which was a bummer, but I could still imagine all the work going on in there.
|Great wheel lathe towards the front|
(try to ignore reflection of a lighted display just left of center)
|Workbench #1 held lots of planes: jointers, jacks, smoothers, a plough.|
|The wall behind the bench held many chisels and boring bits.|
Note also the bow saw hanging from the ceiling
The workbench on the other side spanned almost the entire length of the room. On it were candle stand leg patterns and legs in various stages of completion. The bench has two massive wooden twin screw vises.
|The larger of the two benches|
|Another view: turning tools closest, chisels, gouges, spokeshaves, marking gauges,|
squares needed to make legs for a candle stand
|On the far end were some interesting tools: screw box (or is it a tenon sizer?), a set of trammel points,|
and a cross-shaped guide to lay out circles and ovals with the trammels
|Next to them was a beautiful jack plane|
|View of great wheel lathe from other viewing area - look at that big trestle-style tool|
rest in front of the candle stand top that is chucked into the lathe.
The Dominy's had a second shop where they made clock and watch parts. Not only could they make the large standing cases for clocks, ...
|A tall clock case|
|Made in 1799, these clockworks were for the clock case pictured above.|
|The gear-cutting engine|
Some of the furniture made by the Dominys was on display, too. It ranged from candle stands to elegant high chests.
|A very common product of the Dominy family|
(that thing next to the rear leg is a leg pattern)
|A rocking chair from 1790 - 1830|
|Why did the bottom side stay together?|
|Large split on the upper right side panel|