Podcast Episode 12: Basic Settler Tools

Posted on October 20, 2021

Potentially the most vital and multi use tool a settler would need was an axe. It had extensive everyday uses, ceremonial purposes and could be used as a weapon when needed. The […]

Artifact of the Week – Seed Planter

Posted on August 6, 2021

This is a seed planter commonly known by farmers as ‘bill picks’ or ‘corn jabbers’. In the mid 1800s and early 1900s, these hand held planters were very popular. There […]

Artifact of the Week – Grinder

Posted on July 30, 2021

This hand-cranked grinder used to reside at a forge owned and operated by Ben Cowell. A hand operated crank is attached to the side with a sleek wooden handle. When […]

Artifact of the Week – Jackscrew

Posted on July 16, 2021

This is our jackscrew, also known as a screw jack or barn jack. Made of cast iron and still in good condition, this jack served its purpose for countless years. […]

Artifact of the Week – Blacksmith Bellows

Posted on July 9, 2021

Blacksmith Bellows also known as; Forge Fan, Lungs or Blowers, were one of the most important tools in a Blacksmith’s shop. Its purpose is to supply oxygen to the base […]

Artifact of the Week – The Flat Spokeshave

Posted on July 2, 2021

Spokeshaves are one of the many tools used by a carpenter. This tool’s purpose is to flatten and smooth complex shapes into wood. The spokeshave has an adjustable blade that […]