Craftsman

by elijah kozloff

Introduction

there were many types of craftsman, during the colonial times. One type of craftsman was a cooper, a cooper made barrels, buckets, and pails. Another type of craftsman was a gunsmith, a gunsmith was always busy making and repairing these dangerous weapons. Another type of craftsman was a blacksmith, a blacksmith is a person who makes and repairs iron objects by hammering them by hand on a anvil.these craftsman jobs were very important in colonial times.

The cooper

coopers were important in colonial times because they fixed things and made things for people. Coopers made barrels, buckets, and pails. In the early days, wooden pails and barrels were used to store both liquids and dry items. Everything the cooper made was constructed with stave's. The cooper shaped the stave's wide in the middle and narrow at the ends so they would fit together to make a barrel. A shaving horse held each stave in place as the cooper carved it. The craftsman is hollowing out the inside of the stave held in A ''horse'' by pressure of his foot, which causes the upper arm of the horse to grip the stave.coopers will always be an important person in colonial times.

The gunsmith

Gunsmith is a person who fixes guns. Gunsmith were important in colonial times because they fixed guns for people for protection. Long ago, almost everyone owned a gun for hunting and protection. The gunsmith was always busy making and repairing these dangerous weapons. Gunsmith worked with iron, steel, brass, silver, and wood. A gun had three main parts: the barrel, stock, and flintlock. Gunsmith was a skill which helped found, and later saved America. The colonists brought with them from Europe heavy, cumbersome weapons of uncertain accuracy. Master gunsmith Wallace, of colonial, bores a rifle barrel, using the same equipment as in colonial times.Gunsmith will always be important in colonial times for fixing peoples guns.

The blacksmith

A blacksmith is A person who makes and repairs things made of iron. Blacksmith were important in colonial times because they made horseshoes to protect the feet of horse. A blacksmith is A person who makes and repairs iron objects by hammering them by hand on An anvil. Smiths who make horseshoes to protect the feet of horses are called farriers. In the past horseshoes were perhaps the most important articles smiths made. Mass production methods have almost eliminated the need for blacksmiths today. People depended on the blacksmiths to forge these necessary items Blacksmith will be important in colonial times because they repair iron objects to help people.

Conclusion

There were helpful craftsman in colonial times. One type of craftsman is a cooper, a cooper shaped the staves wide in the middle and narrow at the ends so they would fit together to make a barrel. Another type of craftsman is a gunsmith, gunsmith worked with iron, steel, brass, silver, and wood. Another type of craftsman is a blacksmith, smiths who make horseshoes to protect the feet of horses are called farriers. These craftsman were helpful for helping people and fixing and repairing things for people.

Glossary


1. cumbersome - long and difficult to read, say, etc.

2. staves - a long wooden stick.

3. cooper - a person who makes or repairs wooden casks or barrels.

Sources

online, world book student. world book.2015.wed.11 mar.2015

book, early American crafts tools, shops and products 1967 by C.B. COLBY


book, colonial crafts 1947 by Bobbie KALMAN