Full Chisel Web Log
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Expanding to the West in search of new lands and resources, explorers, pioneers, settlers and military all moved into new areas and brought with them the technology to ‘tame’ the wilderness. By studying life among the early settlers, their technology and material culture one can examine more common and everyday life, as opposed to studies mainly of urban and coastal areas. Museums tend to show the best of what was available; not necessarily reflecting what was available to the common folk.
Other sites deal with the fine fancy furnishings available to the wealthy. This is of course important to save those skills and document the high end culture. As for the rest of our ancestors and the vast majority of wooden objects produced were meant to be used.
Topics will be limited to any tools and trades used in North America up until ‘the recent unpleasentness between the states’, ‘the war of Southern Secession’, ‘the war of Northern Aggression’, or the American Civil War. So anything after 1865 is of no interest. The only metal planes discussed are Knowles Patent Cast Iron Jack Plane and Block Plane and those nice infill Miter Planes. Stanley, Bailey, Bedrock are discussed elsewhere.