A while back I wrote of the behind the scenes shop at Colonial Williamsburg
where Jon Laubach and George Wilson make reproduction tools for the CW
craftsmen. FineWoodworking.COM has a video that shows Jon and George and
some of the work that they do. There are also clips with Mack Headley,
master of the cabinet maker's shop. I should probably head to CW this
year... haven't seen the guys in about 6.5 years. Time sure flies... they
look so grey in the clips! ;~)
If you subscribe look for the clip
Antique Tools are Modern Made
Tool makers reproduce 18th century handsaws, plans, and marking tools for
the historic trade shops at Colonial Williamsburg
with George D. Wilson
The Colonial Williamsburg web site had something along those lines as
well. I looked it up in response to your post. Amazing, IMO. I truly
wish they'd have a special backstage tour, sort of like what they do at
the Metropolitan Opera. I'd take some time off from work just to go visit...
The 18th century lathe project, for a multitude of reasons, is still
"under study" at the moment. Hopefully that status will change with the
John Grossbohlin wrote:
CW offers constant stimulation to those who look for it... If you spend a
week there and make the effort you could be overwhelmed. ;~) I was fortunate
enough to work there and have visited other times. The behind the scenes
shop where Jon and George work is not generally open to the public and it is
a dream shop. About every conceivable type of woodworking and metal working
machinery is there along with a forge/welding area.
The more I think about it the more I think it's time for another visit.
Besides, I need to visit the flintlock rifle Jon is building me. ;~)
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