As part of my aspiration to start a business doing brass etching, I’ve found a source of woodcuts from Jost Amman, known as the Book of Trades.
Published in the 1560s in Nuremberg, this book has 114 depictions of people doing various jobs, from popes and emperors to peddlers and peasants. My plan is to etch these images onto a 4″x6″ plate, and possibly smaller plates as well (one idea is to make links for a collar of estate, for those Laurels who collect art forms).
Some of these plates are likely to be more interesting than others for an SCA audience, and the project itself is ridiculously large in scope, so I would likely be etching and releasing the plates in batches. I’ve grouped the trades into different categories, and I want to hear from you about which batch seems most interesting.
The batches are as follows:
Nobility – Emperor, King, Prince, Patrician
Religious – Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, Priest, Monk, Pilgrim, Jew
Let’s make a book! – Type Founder, Engraver/Blockcutter, Papermaker, Parchment Maker, Printer, Illuminator, Bookbinder
Let’s make garb! – Embroiderer, Bag Maker, Belt Maker, Tailor, Furrier, Dyer, Weaver, Hatter, Shoemaker, Thimble Maker, Tanner, Cloth shearer, Needle Maker, Pin Maker, Tapestry Maker (duplicate of weaver)
Let’s build something! – Draughtsman, Stonemason, Brick Maker, Carpenter, Cabinet Maker, Wagon Maker, Cooper, Turner, Rope Maker, Miner
Let’s make music! – Bell Founder, Bell Maker, Singer, Lute Maker, Organist, Harp, Lute, and Horn Players, String Players, Wind Players, Drummers
Fine art – Sculptor, Painter, Glazier, Stained Glass Painter, Gem Cutter
Culinary arts – Butcher, Hunter, Cook, Miller, Baker, Peasant, Beer Brewer, Fowler, Fisherman, Oil Maker, Vine Grower
Health – Physician, Pharmacist, Barber Surgeon, Eyeglass Maker, Dentist
Grooming – Bath-House Proprietor, Brush Maker, Comb Maker, Basin Maker, Mirror Maker
Martial Trades – Cutler, Spur Maker, Gunsmith, Armourer, Mail Armour Maker, Crossbow Maker, Rifle Butt Maker
Metalsmiths – Goldsmith, Gold Leaf Maker, Coppersmith, Brass Founder, Blacksmith, Pewterer, Wire Drawer
Mercantilism – Merchant, Coin Minter, Peddler, Sailor
Tools – Strap Maker, Locksmith, Tool Maker, Clockmaker, Nail Maker, Scythe Maker, Scale Maker, Lantern Maker, Saddler, Potter, Knife Grinder, Sieve Maker
Fools – Avaricious Fool, Gluttonous Fool, Peddling Jester, Fool with Stick
Academia – Lawyer, Astronomer
Please let me know: which of these categories most interest you?