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Tales of the Troubadour

According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, a troubadour is a lyric poet of southern France, northern Spain, and northern Italy.  The word troubadour is a French form derived from the word trobar, “to find,” “to invent.”

Troubadours flourished from the late 11th to the late 13th century. Their social influence was unprecedented in the history of medieval poetry. Favored at the courts, they had great freedom of speech, occasionally intervening even in the political arena.  Their great achievement, however, was to create around the ladies of the court an aura of cultivation and amenity that nothing before had been approached. Troubadour poetry formed one of the most brilliant schools that ever flourished, and it was to influence all later European lyrical poetry.

Will this troubadour write lyrical poetry?  Perhaps.  Will she “find” and “invent”?  Most assuredly.  Will she create an aura of cultivation and amenity around the ladies and (gentlemen) of the…

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About Old Sneelock's Workshop

As a trained welder, electrician, machinist, toolmaker, carpenter, plumber, and amateur mason I have managed to remain employed and somewhat supported my wife and son. My current status is Master Bodger at Old Sneelock's Workshop where with the finest in old, new, recycled, and purchased material I maintain our household in a style to which we become accustomed to. Old tools of every type and purpose have been an interest ever since my father gave me my first brace and bit. His purpose was to let me drill holes in the ground with the safer unpowered drill rather than trying to sneak off with his power drill, but it started there and just kept going. These days I spend more time restoring chisels, drill bits, planes and saws than anything else. If's a good feeling to bring a tool back to useful condition and I learn new ways to do things with every project.
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