Workbenches and the fine arts

A staked workbench in the Baroque style.

‘Holy Family with Infant St. John’ – Murillo (1617-1682)

How sturdy it that one Joseph? Does it move around on you when you’re planing? Perhaps this one is for markup and assembly.




And then there’s this sweet leg vise on a continental style bench .

Detail from ‘La Sacra Famiglia’ – Giacomo Grosso (c. 1904)

There’s a nice raking light although I’m curious as to why Jesus’ eyes are glowing.

Apparently Joseph or Mary are also without explanation but she is giving him that “mom” look from across the room.

Also of note: the holdfast directly behind Jesus’ back


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