Skottbenk equals sticking board – Big sticking board
Roald Renmælmo posted this photo today on Norsk Skottbenk Union, and graciously allowed me to re-use it. Roald and his associates are doing great research into traditional work methods from Northern Europe, especially Norway. His post describes the skottbenk as a Jointing Bench, Shooting Bench or Sticking Board. Ah! The light went off in my head – Sticking board! That immediately explains it’s use to anyone coming from the English-American tradition. It is one big sticking board. I’m surprised that these benches were not commonly used in the U.S., especially in the Upper Midwest, in the large Scandinavian American Communities. Maybe they were and there simply isn’t much about them in current woodworking literature. If anyone can enlighten me, I’d appreciate it.
Roald and his associates also provide more general information about workholding methods at Hyvelbenk.Wordpress.com. I’m looking forward to following their research. And I’ll try to get Roald to share more information about the specialized “two man” planes used in his part of the world. Thanks for the Internet, so we can learn more about the past. How ironic.