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Roubo’s Campaign Bed

Anyone who has read this blog for more than a week knows I have a thing for campaign-style furniture and the work of André Roubo, the 18th-century French woodworker and writer.

Like many other 18th-century furniture writers, Roubo wrote a bit about campaign-style furniture, including beds, tables and chairs. I hope to build one of his chairs and a table some day, but the Roubo campaign beds look a little nuts to construct.

Turns out, they are indeed nuts to build.

Maryland furniture maker Bryant White made copies of Roubo’s campaign bed for Fort Ticonderoga, which was built by the French starting in 1755. Bryant sent me some photos of the cool beds and some commentary on their construction and hardware. I’ll let him take over the story from here:

Roubo’s Campaign Bed

“Fort Ticonderoga has been updating its image over the past couple of years from a ‘pay to see the displays and old stuff’ to a quality living history fort. Many of those involved are young history majors who have working knowledge in trades such a sewing, shoemaking, military life etc.


 

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