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Measuring instrument made of wood

Dear Vasa Museet Team,

I am a math teacher in Portugal and this summer I had the opportunity to visit the Vasa Museet. I was curious about a reproduction, made of wood, of a measuring instrument I found in the souvenir shop (photos of it in attachment). I would like to know more about the measurements that were made with this instrument and about the marks on the wood. I would like to share this knowledge with my students whose ages are between 12-18 years old.
Thank you for your help.


  • Dear Alexandra,

    Thank you for your question!

    The carpenter´s rule that you found in our shop is a reconstruction of an original in our collection (find number 18475). It was found in a chest, together with several other tools. It is marked in inches. The markings correspond best to the rules used by the Swedish half of the workforce at the Stockholm
    Navy Yard. They used a foot divided into 12 inches, while Dutch carpenters used an 11-inch foot. Both types of rule are found on Vasa, but no two are the same length!
    You can see picture of the carpenter´s rule here:

    Best regards,
    Irene Lindblom
    Curator, Collections Unit, Vasa Museum
    Anna Bookings

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