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Pike making pictures

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:06 pm
by Tod
Does any one know of any?

Re: Pike making pictures

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:03 pm
by Foxe

Re: Pike making pictures

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:18 pm
by Gockee
Don't have any pictures, but the following references can give an idea.
References are from Jeffrey Glasier's accounts. Glasier was a staffordshire gentleman who became clerk to the Lichfield Garrison 1643-45. Some of his accounts survive and are available to view in Lichfield library (at least they were 20 years ago)

Item: To a carpenter for fellinge ten ashes to make pykes 00 - 06 - 00
Item: To the joyners for thier work as appeareth by bill in finding out ash to make pykes and cleaving it. 1 - 06 - 08
Item: To Marson the cowper for rownding 6 dozen and a half of pikes 00 - 04 - 00

So it would seem to be full size trees, selected and felled, cleft and rounded by a skilled cooper, probably using a shave (spoke-shave) of some type, although there is a possibility that he could have used a dowelling stock? I think a shave would be good enough. Its good enough to make cask staves acurate enough to be watertight, and to allow a taper at both ends. The dowelling stock to make it perfectly round would be overkill and doesn't allow for a taper. Besides, only four shillings to make 78 pikes does not seem to allow for a fine finish, i.e, just over half a penny each...