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Offline kenc

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Medieval Plow
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:46:13 »
I'm not sure if someone has done it before  ;D, but I was always lacking a plow for my medieval world so I customised one that could be pulled by a horse. The result is quite ok :)

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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2018, 03:47:43 »
Wow very clever! First time I've seen this done and its great!  :D
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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2018, 04:46:53 »
Awesome :love:
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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2018, 07:27:39 »
Beautiful! :)9

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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2018, 10:16:42 »
Great job, it looks just right!

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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2018, 10:21:20 »
Great custom, kenc, and thinking outside the box, but a mediaeval plough would not have had a metal blade but a wooden one.  A coat of brown paint will make it right.
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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2018, 11:32:59 »
Great custom, kenc, and thinking outside the box, but a mediaeval plough would not have had a metal blade but a wooden one.  A coat of brown paint will make it right.
You're right, the ploughshare would have been wood with a piece of iron attached to the front.
Spades from the period had wooden heads with an iron strip for cutting the earth. The iron strip got steadily larger during the middle ages until the entire head was covered in iron.
It's still a very nice custom and very playmolike. Loved the bells and gate in the other thread too.

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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2018, 11:45:19 »
I think it wasn't until the 1600s that iron covering the plough blade (I think the technical name is a mould board) entirely or partly began.
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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2018, 17:47:36 »
I "dig" it  :D
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Re: Medieval Plow
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2018, 19:41:32 »
I think it wasn't until the 1600s that iron covering the plough blade (I think the technical name is a mould board) entirely or partly began.
The mould board was wood, but the thing that actually cuts the soil is the share/poughshare which was iron. That's ancient and iron ploughshares were used by the ancient Romans and probably Gauls etc.
Not sure, but I think the mould board is designed to turn the soil as the heavy plough tilled deeper than the ard before it allowing heavier clay soils to be tilled. This heavy plough appeared around the 11th century and resulted in a population boom as land previously unable to be cultivated was farmed.
Any farmers here know better? ???