Early American Furnishings has produced a series of videos that depict the history of logging and furniture crafts in early America. The first three are available on Highland Woodworking’s website and are a wonderful view of life and craft from long ago. There are two more to come. The videos also show Early American Furnishings’ methods of reclaiming lumber for their production, both salvage lumber from demolition sites and the “logging” of sinkers from watery graves. From their website’s profile page:
The mission of Early American Furnishings is to connect modern lives to our colonial heritage with handmade fine home furnishings crafted from reclaimed old growth lumber. Using a combination of technique, material, and communication of historic relevance, the American story of her great forest is brought into the home, where fingertips can touch the lightard of the Heart Pine, Wormy Chestnut, Quilted Cherry, Bird’s Eye Maple, or a millennium of growth rings from a Sinker Cypress.
Great videos with lots of historic info and drool-worthy images (drool-worthy for woodworkers, at least.) Definitely worth checking out.