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Jan 30
2012

Town Gunsmith

The gun is part of America's creation story. Gunsmith George Suiter describes the technology of this potent tool.

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Jan 9
2012

Arming the Continent

New information continues to emerge from the excavation of Anderson's Armoury. The tin shop is found, beginning a new exploration of the trade. Meredith Poole updates.

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Jan 2
2012

Meet the Cooper

The coopers's cask is one of mankind's strongest constructions, and the ubiquitous container for shipping items wet and dry. Meet cooper Ramona Vogel to learn more about the trade.

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Dec 26
2011

Great Hair

Hear tales of hair farms, shaved heads, yak fur, and wigs rigged with live ammunition, told by wigmaker Betty Myers.

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Dec 5
2011

A Good Read

Author Susan Berg on what the 18th century read for work and for fun.

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Nov 21
2011

Woodworking in Williamsburg

Master cabinetmaker Mack Headley makes fine furniture in the plain and neat Virginia style.

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Oct 17
2011

Brick by Brick

Williamsburg's proudest buildings start with humble clay. Brickmaker Jason Whitehead tells the story.

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Sep 19
2011

Williamsburg's Blacksmith

Williamsburg's blacksmith transforms crude metal into elegant, functional tools. Master Blacksmith Ken Schwarz details the trade.

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Aug 8
2011

Meet the Basketmaker

Basketmaking is a tradition born of utility and preserved for beauty. Colonial Williamsburg basketmaker Terry Thon practices a trade passed down through generations.

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Jun 20
2011

Meet the Weaver

War makes the weaver busy. Cloth for everything from sails to bedsheets is created on his loom. Max Hamrick weaves the tale.

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Jan 10
2011

Skill and Science in Historic Trades

Intelligence born of practice combines with the study of science to complete the historic tradesman's store of knowledge. Director of Historic Trades Jay Gaynor describes the balance.

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Jul 26
2010

Arming for Revolution

Archaeology at Anderson's Forge unearths the story of a city preparing for war. Staff Archaeologist Andy Edwards talks about the dig.

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Jan 4
2010

Early Virginia Vehicles

Virginia was a mobile colony, says Coach and Livestock Director Richard Nicoll.

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Aug 10
2009

The Joy of Discovery

Recreating 18th-century technology takes perseverance and luck, says Jay Gaynor, Director of Historic Trades.

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Jul 6
2009

18th-Century Surgery

Colonial medicine is not for the faint of heart. Sharon Cotner describes the philosophies and practices.

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Mar 2
2009

Swordmaking in the 18th Century

Colonial tradesmen learned the swordmaking craft as Virginia armed itself for war. Journeyman brass founder Suzie Dye describes the process.

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Feb 23
2009

Ironworks at Jamestown

Virginia's soil yielded unexpected resources. Journeyman Blacksmith Shel Browder talks about an early iron foundry at Jamestown.

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Jan 5
2009

Colonial Journalism

Political pressure and personal bias have hounded American journalists since the first newspapers were printed. Interpreter Dennis Watson talks about the Virginia Gazette.

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Dec 15
2008

Colonial Weapons System

As important as the cannon is the vehicle to carry it: a two-wheeled cart that transports, supports, and stores the weapon and its accoutrements. Wheelwright John Boag has the task of construction.

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May 19
2008

For What Ails You

For poxes, headaches, and fevers, the apothecary has a preparation to ease your symptoms. Medical historian Susan Pryor details the treatments.

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May 5
2008

Fashion and Function

A corset's engineered strictness defines the shape of the 18th-century woman. Journeywoman Brooke Welborn explains the trend.

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Feb 25
2008

The Butcher, the Baker

One sheep's fleece supplies half a dozen trades. Shepherdess Carrie MacDougal spins the tale.

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Feb 11
2008

Wealth on the Shelf

When a single book cost half a year's wages, tomes were rare treasures. Bruce Plumley describes the bookbinding trade.

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Sep 3
2007

Carriages, Carts and Wagons

Conjuring a wheel from elm and iron is one big geometry problem for John Boag, Colonial Williamsburg wheelwright.

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Aug 20
2007

A Different Kind of Founder

Candlesticks, buckles, bells, and sword hilts are just a few objects that Colonial Williamsburg founder Doc Hassell is called to manufacture.

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Aug 6
2007

The Age of Wood

Making the job up as he goes along is one of Garland Wood's favorite aspects of his job as carpenter at Colonial Williamsburg.

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Jun 18
2007

The Art of the Cut

Translating a man's measurements into suits for all seasons is the task of the skillful tailor, says apprentice Neal Hurst.

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Feb 5
2007

Saddles, Harnesses, and Everything In Between

Colonial Williamsburg Journeyman saddle and harness maker Eric Myall says different saddles are tools for specific jobs.

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Nov 20
2006

Basketmaking: A Skill Learned With the Hands

Colonial Williamsburg basketmaker Richard Carr talks about the necessity of basketmaking in the 18th century, and why it has become a rare skill in modern times.

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Sep 25
2006

The Fashionable Wig

Colonial Williamsburg wigmaker Terry Lyons sees her share of bigwigs and blockheads in the King's Arms Barber Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street.

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Aug 28
2006

At the master's bench:teaching 18th-century technique and artistry

Mack Headley discusses why sometimes the old-fashioned way is the best way to create subtle and sophisticated furniture pieces.

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Aug 21
2006

A fourth-generation cabinetmaker

Mack Headley talks about the sophisticated artistry of 18th-century cabinetmaking.

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Aug 7
2006

Milliner and Mantua Maker

Janea Whitacre has been creating beautiful dresses in the Margaret Hunter Shop for 24 years.

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Feb 20
2006

Preserving Historic Trades

Jay Gaynor explains Colonial Williamsburg's rigorous trade apprentice program.

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Jan 23
2006

Brewing and baking and much, much more

Frank Clark and his Foodways staff interpret 18th-century food trades in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.

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Jan 16
2006

Gunsmith

Master Gunsmith George Suiter talks about the art of making guns in the town of Williamsburg.

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Jan 2
2006

Shoemaker

The always wry Al Saguto discusses making 18th-century shoes in the shoemaker shop.

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Dec 12
2005

From ceviche to syllabub

Journeyman foodways tradesman Barbara Scherer discusses the elaborate serving and savoring of meals in 18th-century Williamsburg.

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Oct 31
2005

Printer

Don't tell journeyman printer Pete Stinely his work is tedious; he's been at it for 24 years!

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Oct 10
2005

Firing the brick kiln

Christine Trowbridge explains the laborious process of making bricks and the intangible rewards of the job.

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Aug 22
2005

Silversmith

Journeyman silversmith Preston Jones reflects on his 26 years of creating silver pieces.

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Aug 8
2005

Ken Schwarz on the life of a blacksmith

Noise, smoke, dirt - blacksmiths endure it all to turn raw materials into useful objects.

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Jul 18
2005

Coopering

Apprentice cooper Marshall Scheetz discusses the art and science of making barrels.

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