Ornamented 16th Century Pattern Wing Dividers
The design of these wing dividers is taken from a set held by Colonial Williamsburg, they are ornate enough to be used by an architect or or master craftsman and unlikely to have been used out in the field or workshop.
The wing nut was forged and filed by hand along with the rest of the piece. The slide that the wing nut tightens onto is fastened to the male leg of the set with a rivetted over tenon. The legs were hot-punched with a slot punch by hand to take the slide. To create the cheeks of the box joint, Elmer has forge-welded the sections to the base leg and filed them to fit the rectangular section of the other leg. Click on each image for a larger version.