With the help of the Mary Rose Trust, I was able to construct this replica of the Mary Rose’s purser’s Chest. The original was constructed of elm, which is unavailable at a reasonable cost due to Dutch Elm Disease. The replica is constructed of pine for this reason, but the joinery techniques are the same as used in the original, and almost all operations were done with hand tools (the sole exception being the use of a cordless drill for two pilot holes). Because the chest’s lock has not yet been fitted, the chest is still a work in progress but is otherwise functional.
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