1) In smithies of various kinds, references have been found to a wooden board or table, linked with other furniture, which provided a work surface away from the anvil or forge.

1374 unum wyrkyngborde, unum armariolum stantem super le wyrkyngborde, York

1490 De j lez wirkyng-bord cum le deske xxd, York. Similarly, in 1713, John Shirtcliffe of Sheffield had a workboard in his Work Chamber. Other craftsmen had the same facility: in 1503, a York glazier bequeathed one warkbord, the best except one to a fellow workman.

spellings working board
places York Sheffield
dates 1374 1490 1503 1713

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