Of Jesus and Dovetails, Sept 20, 2015

Wow, 2 frivolous posts in a row!

Those of you who know me will understand immediately that this is not a religious subject as I am not religious at all. I was drinking my morning coffee and glanced at a section of the Montreal Gazette and was curious to understand the context of the disembodied arm floating in the air beside the statue.


Turns out that the statue is made from wood and the arm is being connected to the torso – hence the hands at the bottom of the photo. A closer look show that the arm is being connected to the torso using an interesting woodworking joint: a sliding dovetail.  The torso has the female part of the joint and the butt end of the arm clearly shows the male part. It is a pretty hard joint to make, particularly because the arm has to look like is is seamless and part of the overall statue.  The dovetail pulls the arm in tight to the torso in one direction and prevents it from sliding down (gravity) past its correct positioning point.

Life is interesting when seen through the eyes of a carpenter!


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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2 Responses to Of Jesus and Dovetails, Sept 20, 2015

  1. It’s amazing how we tend to see the world based upon our unique understanding (or lack thereof) of it and specific contexts, isn’t it. Could this have any relation to the dove (with a tail) that landed on Jesus when he was first being baptized by John? 🙂

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