From my years doing frontier period education, these things would be primarily useful for research, living history, and demonstration. If you are interested, please email me at email@example.com to talk about purchase.
Items: Flax Break Plans, Quilting Frame, Gourd Water Bottles, Books
Flax Break Plans – based on an original model, drawings, measurements, and photos; $20 mailed to you. Below is photo of a break made from these plans.
Quilting Frame, floor model – a late 19th, early 20th century floor frame that disassembles for storage. $200; this cannot be shipped; must pick up in Middle Tennessee. Includes an all-cotton demonstration quilt already on the frame. Frame is all wood; height from ground is 33.5 inches; length is 94.5 inches; width is 41/5 inches.
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Photo on left shows gourd water bottle that holds more than 1 gallon. Cord is hand-braided hemp. $40 + ship.
Photo on right shows gourd water bottle that holds about 1 gallon. Cord is hand-twisted horse hair. $35+ship.
Venture back into the handmade world of apple butter paddles, hay forks, and other traditional implements with this fascinating and charmingly illustrated book. Its guided tour of folk tools and artifacts from the pre-industrial age examines farm and kitchen utensils as well as devices used by curriers, wheelwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, coach makers, loggers, tanners, and other craftsmen.
Written by a distinguished historian and collector of antiques, this absorbing survey offers informal but accurate depictions of “special tools for every job,” from a holding dog and a hauling sledge to reaping hooks, splitting wedges, and felling axes. Scores of pen-and-ink sketches by the author portray simple tools and other items that are ingeniously devised and exquisitely constructed. A valuable textbook for historians, this volume is also a fascinating handbook for all those who love Americana.
Book – Forgotten Household Crafts by John Seymour, 1987. Hardcover with dust jacket. $10 + ship. Used, but in excellent condition. John Seymour is the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement.Author of more than 40 books, he draws students from around the world to learn self-sufficiency first hand at his farm in County Wexford, Ireland.
“How we lived at home before the machine age…how, in short, we did our daily domestic work.” Hundreds of beautiful drawings and paintings and many old photographs make this book a treasury for those who appreciate the past. Kitchen crafts, dairy crafts, laundry crafts, around the home, textile crafts, decorative crafts.
Book – The Forgotten Crafts by John Seymour, 1984. Hardcover with dust jacket. $10 + ship. Used, but in excellent condition. John Seymour is the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement. Author of more than 40 books, he draws students from around the world to learn self-sufficiency first hand at his farm in County Wexford, Ireland.
“A practical guide to traditional skills: Woodland crafts, building crafts, crafts of the field, workshop crafts, textiles and homecrafts.”