For the Museum’s dedication ceremony (October 13, 2000) I was requested to add a short presentation on my replicas and/or interpretations of medieval scientific instruments. This exhibit commemorates my retirement from HSU, though I will continue as curator of this museum with a reduced commitment. In a spirit of symmetry I am presenting this exhibit of many of my efforts.
I have been interested in ancient scientific instruments for most of my adult life, but had no access to them here on the North Coast, so I decided to make some replicas/models myself. My models are based on pictures, images in artworks and contemporary and modern descriptions as available. Though initially made for my own pleasure, I quickly began incorporating them into talks and lectures for University and Community groups. Many of the models and restored navigational instruments I use to support lectures and workshops are displayed here. Reproductions of paintings showing original pieces in use are included for color and context, when available.
Cross Staff; Wooden Mariner's Quadrant
Planispheric Astrolabe; Armillary Sphere
Quadrant and Tools
Instrument Restorations: Orrery & Octant
© R. Paselk
Last modified 11 March 2015