BAROQUES Information Report, the crate
Wittmayer Clavichord shipment WO 409 for Mr. Gordon S--------- updated March 5 , 2003
This is the crate which was built for your clavichord #30 in the Kurt
Wittmayer shop in about 1950. I believe it exceeds present-day home
building standards in most countries and constitutes an important historical
and cultural artifact in its own right.
[below] You can see the huge hand-cut dovetails on the right-hand edge of the crate end. In person you will be able to see where the builder made his scribe line across the dovetails -- we are in awe. We did a little repair to a corner where one of the dovetails had popped out, that's a pipe clamp holding it while the glue sets. Mabon the Wondercat supervises, as he often does, especially if a box is involved.
[right] Neferkiti checks our wrapping job. We've swathed the clavichord in plastic film to keep it from getting too dried out in the baggage compartment, which is probably unpressurized. It's not air-tight, but it will temper the humidity changes.
[below] Neferkiti wants to go to France... No, 'Kiti, get out of there, that's the space for the legs.
[right] We've sealed up the crate, inventoried the cats (all
six and the bunny accounted for) and here it sits in the hall, waiting
for the truck to take it to the airport to sunny France -- did I tell
you we had 15cm of snow on Monday?
|It took three people -- Den, Dawn and the hapless driver -- to load
it on the truck. He wanted to know if it was a safe.
||Goodbye, goodbye! Keep in touch!
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