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April 7, 2013

Felibien Iron Bar Clamp

Although I am not sure how to pronounce the name, he is a precursor of Roubo and published his work on Architecture [slightly misleading name] in 1690!  This style of clamp keeps getting older and older.  The link is a pdf of his book, which is written in old French but the pictures are in English.


This is the second pair order and will be shipped out in the morning.  I also used my bow saw to enlarge the notches in my clamp extension for my personal clamp.

iron bar clamps and extension

Clamps can be ordered here.  Contact me by email if you desire longer sizes.




  1. Stephen, Those clamps look fantastic. I hope you sell a ton of them.

    The first edition of this André Félibien text was printed in 1676, so you can bump the date back 14 more years.

    Des Principes de l’architecture de la sculpture, de la peinture et des autres arts qui en dépendent, avec un dictionnaire des termes propres à chacun de ces arts.
    In English: The Principles of architecture, sculpture, painting and other arts that depend on it, with a dictionary of terms for each of these arts.

    One of the best quality online scans of the first edition can be viewed and downloaded here:

    Comment by Jeff Burks — April 7, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

  2. Steve,

    I’m reading your book on hide glue, and love it! I just started using hide glue a year ago, and it has worked well for me, but I’m picking up a wonderful amount of tidbits, and I’m not even halfway through the book. Shellac, Linseed Oil and Paint has also been on my shelf for a while, but it has been pulled for my next read.


    Comment by Pete van der Lugt — April 8, 2013 @ 7:59 am

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