Joint Stool

The Joint Stool as Hiding Place

It would be nigh-on impossible to find a house in the early modern* period that didn’t have  a “joynt stool,” “joyned table” or “joyned forme.” What’s a “joynt stool?” Randle Holme, in the fascinating (and massive) tome “Academy of Armory and Blazon” (1688), writes, “It is so called because all made...

A Bus(wo)man’s Holiday

For the first time in seven years, I’m taking an actual vacation. Sort of. My neighbors have agreed to feed the cats, so I’m packing up my car and heading to Pittsboro, N.C., at the end of the month to take a class at Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School. I’m very...

I Took You For a Joint Stool

This circa 1670 joint stool is from Wallace Nutting’s “Furniture Treasury.” I’ve been reading a bit of Shakespeare lately (everyone should have a hobby, no?), and in several of his plays, the term “joint stool” appears, often in the service of a taunt. That’s piqued my interest in “moveables,” that is,...