5/13/10 Oh boo hoo! My editing software will
no longer open the timeline. I think I've hit some size limit. So, the timeline will remain as is.
Please feel free to download it and use it for whatever you'd like. I'd
love to see a photo if you do anything cool with it.
3/4/10 I love learning about tools, so
recently I've been learning about; hammers, the Bessemer process of
making steel, blowtorches and the progression of our understanding about
various gases and other really interesting stuff. I was amazed to learn
that in the 15th and 16th centuries, the main hand-weapon of war (before
gun powder) was a war hammer! Ew!
1/19/10 Boy, is the history of bookbinding
ever interesting! Did you know that early and medieval books had flat
backs? The rounded back was invented in the 15th century! It's been a
long time since I've posted an update, though many additions were made.
3/14/09 Lots of updates in the areas of
books and writing. I am learning the most interesting things! I hope
that you are enjoying this project too.
3/9/09 My reading has garnered lots of fuel
for our timeline! I've added extensively to the history of books and to
papermaking and also some more general reference material. For those of
you who print this out, I've added lots of stuff since November, so this
would be a good time to print a new copy. with all the pictures it looks
awesome printed in color on good paper. Fold it like an accordion for
easy reading and searching.
11/19/08 They just found a temple in
southern Turkey that was built 11,000 years ago! That's 5,000 years
before Stonehenge. I had no idea that humans were so sophisticated so
long ago. I've had so much fun with this project: I'd recommend that you
start one too. It's amazing what you learn when you start a timeline.
11/10/08 Print it out in color and tape it
together. What a great teaching and learning tool. I'm getting ever more
pictures and keep adding more historical reference. Today I added to the
enamels, writing and book areas as well as to the general reference
section. Let me just say that I'm glad I didn't need dental work in 650
10/10/08 New pictures, lots of new
historical reference and general updates.
9/26/08 I've just done a few updates in
several areas. I have more in my journal so check back soon.
5/24/08 Wahoo! The University of Iowa
Libraries, Preservation Department, Conservation Unit very generously
gave me permission to use their book model photos for the timeline! The
photos really add a lot to the timeline and now we can see examples of
some of the main binding styles used during different periods of history. I'd
like to thank Kristin Baum for working with me on this project.
3/26/08 Lots more additions to the
papermaking and metals portion of the timeline.
2/26/08 I've added tons of new updates to
the timeline, especially to the metals area. The timeline was getting so
big that I had to extend it to 33 pages or it would have been too small to
2/15/08 I just did a bunch of updates to
the timeline. Most of them are in the papermaking area but there are
others too. Did you know that Gutenberg was a metalsmith or that
Leonardo invented the rolling mill? Amazing confluences of history.
If this type of thing fascinates you, I
highly recommend the TV series (available on DVD) called "Connections."
12/25/07 This is so cool!!!
I started this timeline early in 2007 to see
how metals, books, paper, calligraphy, glass and enamels developed in
relation to one another. I get the information as I'm reading, well,
anything (I'm kind of a perpetual student). I'm
constantly updating the timeline so check back periodically to see if a newer version has
It's made to be printed out (23 pages) and
then taped together on the 8.5" side of the pages. I originally used it as a scroll but found that it was too hard to go from one
page to another quickly. Now I fold it accordion style and it reads like
a book. You don't have to print it. You can just store it on your hard
drive and refer to it when you need to.
This is a gift from me to you, so if you do something really cool with it,
please make a second one and send it
Note: This is just a personal exercise for
myself. Please do not rely on this information
for anything important as it is not guaranteed in any way.