Moorish Fretwork

Paul Tucker
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2004)
Pages 181–188


This paper discusses the 19th century woodwork of Moses Younglove Ransom who invented a method of milling spiral rods that could be woven together in geometric lattice screens that were used as decorative panels in architectural work and furniture. He discovered that these spiral rods could be used to construct a hyperbolic ring which he then incorporated into some of his furniture.