Others, like myself, enjoy the manufacturing process. And the Latin scholars out there will quickly point out that the word derives from 'manus', meaning hand, and the verb 'facio', to make. So something manufactured was originally hand-made. Not the meaning we associate it with these days.
Whittling away wood – and hours – is not simply a pleasant pastime. We create crafted objects for use and display by heritage parks and museums. Such items very often have to be made with specific materials, using authentic tools, and must perform, in some cases, specific functions. They must also be robustly-made if they are part of a handling collection.
Clients for these products include living history groups, The National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, Co. Wexford, and the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.
A Viking Age 'compass' or sundial. It helps calculate latitude, but that's as complex as it gets here... if you want to really dig into the science of how this works, check out this link. Personally, if I'm sailing, I don't navigate; if I can't see the point I'm sailing towards, it's probably too far away! This piece was made for the National Museum's handling collection.