May 10 – Early Woodworking in Pittsfield

Woodworking in one form or another was once a part of everyday life for people pre-industrialization. We will explore the crafts’ origins from the humble beginnings of John Cram’s sawmill to the box and shingle mills of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and how this industry was indispensable to the early growth of Pittsfield. Short biographies will include Jacob Jones, clockmaker; Abraham French, cabinet-maker; William Hartwell, millwright, and lumberman; and many others. After the presentation by David Harper, on Wednesday, May 10th at 7 pm, at the Society, 13 Elm Street, there will be a brief demonstration with some of the hand tools and techniques these craftsmen would have used in their work.