Videos of Pre-Industrial Crafts
March 9, 2015 9:44 AM   Subscribe

In case you haven't had your fill of pre-industrial craftsmanship in a while, watch some videos of folks at Colonial Williamsburg & Jamestown doing their things: A gunsmith, a silversmith, a cabinet maker, and a glass blower.

And a video of Stephen Fry learning about the Gutenberg printing press, thrown in for good measure
posted by cmchap (8 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Not 30 seconds into the gunsmith video and the dude puts his palm on the end of the ramrod to tamp. Ouch.
posted by Faux Real at 10:01 AM on March 9, 2015

Great to see more Roy Underhill! (the new window link is broken though)
posted by bonobothegreat at 11:49 AM on March 9, 2015

Check out Mastercrafts! It's a 6 part BBC show about traditional crafts. A bit reality show, but there's some good stuff in there. Green woodcraft looks super fun.

1 Green Woodcraft
2 Thatching
3 Blacksmithing
4 Stained Glass
5 Weaving
6 Stonemasonry
posted by Lighthammer at 12:27 PM on March 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

I haven't had a chance to see the others yet, but the gunsmith video is fascinating. A bit of research seems to show that the gunsmith in the video, Wallace Gusler, pretty much single-handedly revived the craft. In particular, with research, he rediscovered how the gun barrel was made, as the technique had been forgotten by then.
posted by jamincan at 5:03 PM on March 9, 2015

I have this sudden craving for silver shoe buckles.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 8:47 PM on March 9, 2015

Here's some more about Ironbridge coracles, mentioned in the Greenwood video.
posted by plinth at 8:55 AM on March 10, 2015

I'm in the process of learning stamping and hammer forging metal to make cowbells. There is a lot to learn.
posted by boilermonster at 9:32 AM on March 11, 2015

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