Old tools are not just for show, see skills and trades demonstrated first hand at our meetings!
|Not satisfied with just studying and collecting tools, many of our members actively learn how they were used in their respective trades. Ensuring that these skills don't become lost arts, they dutifully demonstrate the proper usage of the tools, the processes of manufacture, and the history behind their development. At most of our meetings you could expect to see some of the following skills demonstrated (not all inclusive). Plane Making, Coopering, Spring Pole Turning, Blacksmithing, Cabinet Making, Flint Knocking, Swedish Bowl/Spoon Carving, Metalworking, Hand Tool Usage, Basket Making, Stain Glass Cutting, Pedal and Hand Human Powered Machinery, Rose Engine Turning, Spinning, Weaving, the list goes on and on. Many of our knowledgeable members share their love of the craft at public events, you may find them at Museums, Historical Villages, and other local points of interest. M-WTCA also actively assists Museums and historical sites with the preservation and demonstration of the tools and trades of our heritage. We have had the privilage of assisting the Mount Vernon Staff, in the securing of period tools and artifacts for display at the home and plantation of the Founding Father of our nation. This passion for historical preservation has translated into the sponsor of Student Interns who demonstrate period skills each summer at the plantation as well. So come see what were about, we're more than just the tools! || |
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