Every generation works hard to make life comfortable for themselves and for their children. Before the industrial revolution of the mid 1800s, building houses, making boats, fishing, and farming was hard work--requiring skill and knowledge to do it well.
Restoring interior moldings of 18th and 19th century houses involves using antique hand planes and judging how to make things "look" straight, when the house has settled over time. Steve Roy from Adams & Roy, Portsmouth, NH.
Traditional occcupations usually require learning alot about many things--how to work with raw materials, how to use and repair tools, how seasons affect what you are tryign to do, and so much more. It may also require leanring how to work outside in all kinds of weather conditions. In a traditional occupation, all of this knowledge is usually handed down from one skilled worker to another, not learned from a book.
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Scaling trees brought in by loggers involves measuring the logs and estimating the amount of "board feet" that can be cut out of the log in the mill. The estimates are used to calculate how much the logger is paid for a load. White Mountain Lumber, Berlin, NH.
Most granite curbing is cut with a hydraulic press, but rounded markers are still chiseled out by hand. Swenson's Granite Quarry, Concord, NH.
Agricultural Fairs in New Hampshire
Farm Museums in New Hampshire
4-H in New Hampshire
Seasons of the New Hampshire Farm
Working with Animals
Land Stewardship in New Hampshire
Logging & Milling
New Hampshire Forests
Business in the Family
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Stone Wall Building
The Old Man in the Mountain
Working with Granite
Working with Stone
All: Photographer - Lynn Martin Graton