WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 24, 2017 – Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, will present a “Historic Trades Fair” on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, showcasing a variety of historical trades and crafts, from flint-knapping, blacksmithing and leatherwork to spinning, broom-weaving and pottery.
Trade and Craft Demonstrations
In its second year, the Historic Trades Fair will feature craftspeople demonstrating more than a dozen trades in the outdoor living-history areas. Crafts and wares will be available for purchase.
Among the trades, the Southeast Virginia Primitive Skills Group will show techniques in flint-knapping, native coil pottery, broom-weaving, leather-working and fire-starting.
Hand woodworking techniques common in the 17th to 19th centuries will be shown by Blood and Sawdust, a group of craftspeople using wedges, axes, drawknives and froes to make rough items such as shingles, clapboards, small boards for joinery, and benches. They also will use bench tools, including handsaws, planes and braces, to create finished parts.
The Bodging Bigfoot, LLC, will demonstrate a spring pole lathe and sell turned bowls, rattles, chairs and stools.
Terrapin Station will present demonstrations in chip carving and woodcarving.
Hot Dip Tin will demonstrate original tin-smithing methods to create household items and a period spinning wheel to process fibers typical of 18th-century America.
K.P. Knitcraft will demonstrate the use of spinning wheels, a modern upright and classic “Sleeping Beauty” style, as well as a drop spindle and knitting. Windhil Spindle will showcase methods of spinning, weaving and knitting.
K. Walters at the Sign of the Gray Horse will make historically inspired reproduction jewelry, including necklaces, broaches and pins.
Visitors can see the progression in portraiture with demonstrations by Ronald S. Carnegie Wet-Plate Photographer showing the 19th-century technique of making photographic images on glass or aluminum plates. Visitors also can have their own portraits captured for purchase.
Outdoor Living-History Area Trade Activities
Throughout the day in the museum’s outdoor living-history areas, visitors can take part in a variety of trade-related activities. In the re-created Powhatan Indian village, visitors can see historical interpreters burn and scrape a log canoe, a vessel used to travel along the waterways to trade and transport goods. At the ships’ pier, visitors can learn about the sailor’s trade of sewing and repairing ship sails. In the re-created colonial fort, historical interpreters will show the process of smelting iron from ore in an iron bloomer on Saturday and armor-making on both days.
Jamestown Settlement, located at Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, with immersive gallery exhibits and outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a colonial fort.
The special event is included with Jamestown Settlement admission: $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6.
For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838 or visit https://jyfmuseums.org/jamestown-settlement/historic-trades-fair/.