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Craft Artisans

Craft Artisans

Located in the Stableyards, Craft Artisans demonstrate the working life of many slave men and women on the plantation.

Blacksmith

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The Blacksmith works at his forge to make nails, horseshoes, barrel hoops and hinges. Also he would have made most of the tools used on the plantation such as hoes, rakes and picks.



Cooper & Carpenter

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The Carpenter turns spindles and chair legs on the great-wheel lathe and pares down cypress to make shingles on the shaving horse. The carpenter would have also made rice trunks, wooden handles and utensils. The Cooper was skilled at making wooden barrels, buckets and piggins. Watertight barrels required tight-fitting staves and were bound by metal hoops made by the blacksmith.

Potter


Plantation pottery is thrown on a kick wheel to shape vessels into various sizes, then fired and glazed. Slave pottery, called colonoware, was also shaped by hand. Local clay was used for bowls, jars, jugs, and bricks. Slaves would have fired the clay in an open pit dug in the ground.

Spinner & Weaver


In the spinning and weaving room, wool provided by the sheep on the plantation and cotton and linen (produced from flax) were spun into yarn. Walnut hulls, indigo, Spanish moss, ragweed, wild berries and cochineal were used for dyeing the yarn. Yarn could have been woven into cloth on the loom.

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