Craftsmanship

By: Charlotte Brower

Introduction

Craftsmen; the craftiest characters of colonial times! Craftsmen are men or boys, who make a certain craft that colonists need. There are so many types of craftsmen, so for my first paragraph, I only chose the three most popular. Also, craftsmen didn't have school. So if they wanted to learn how to be craftsmen, they had to learn from other craftsmen. And finally, craftsmen were needed a lot back then. Without them, the colonies would be in quite a pickle!

Three Most Popular Craftsmen

Three Popular Craftsmen

There are so many different types of craftsmen! So many actually, I could only choose three! These are the three most popular craftsmen.

The first craftsmen is a blacksmith. The blacksmith is the most popular craftsmen. He made iron tools and objects. He even melted metal, and turned it in to weapons and tools. He uses a sledgehammer to hammer nails and break down metal. Every plantation needed a blacksmith, or else farmers couldn't build, harvest, or fix things. Without blacksmiths, the colonies would surely be different.

The second craftsman is a silversmith. The silversmith makes mostly eating utensils, pots and basins, and cans. He also makes tin material. That is why his other name is a tinsmith. Actually, Paul Revere was a tinsmith. Without a silversmith, eating would be harder, and there would be no pots to make meals in!

The third and final craftsman is a cabinetmaker. He didn't just make cabinets though, he made almost ALL of the colonial furniture! Couches, chairs, tables, lamps, fences, cupboards, cabinets- you name it! He is just called a cabinetmaker to set an example of what he makes. Without him, where would all of that furniture come from, the sky?

There are lots of other craftsmen. Actually, about 30! That is 10 times more than I chose!

Apprentice in Training

Craftsmen didn't have school back then, so where did boys who want to be craftsmen learn? Why, from other craftsmen of course! Boys who learned to be craftsmen were called apprentices. They could be apprentices at age 10, were released at age 17. It is kind of like indentured servants, but it's not. The boy learns his master's talent. For example, if he is taught by a cooper, he learns to make shoes. When the boy is 17, he is a full-fledged craftsman! He can take on apprentices of his own, and can craft on his own. Like I said, it is NOT indentured servants, just tutelage.

How Craftsmen Helped

Craftsmen were a big deal in colonial days! They made almost ALL of the things needed by colonists! Without craftsmen, life back then would be very primitive. Craftsmen made the houses, silverware, toys, kitchen stuff, and even some clothes! Without craftsmen, people would have to eat with their hands, make their own steel and tin, and much more difficult things! Thinking of things today, that may seem obsolete. But if you lived back then, you would thank the craftsmen.

Conclusion

Craftsmen are men or boys who make a certain item that colonists need. There are so many types of craftsmen out there, so many I could only choose three of them! Craftsmen didn't have a school, so they had to learn from other craftsmen! Colonial dys without craftsmen would be very tough! Craftsmen are very important characters in colonial days. Without them, colonies would not be very goo.

GLOSSARY

primitive- very simple and basic, or in a way of not showing much skill

tutelage- being under a tutor's teaching, or learning something

utensil- a useful device mostly used in a kitchen

SOURCES

Books:
Historic Communities: Colonial Crafts by Bobbie Kalman
Early American Crafts by C.B Colby

Online:
www.worldbookonline.com