Primitive Crafts and Trades


Crafts and Trades

Whether you call it REENACTING or LIVING HISTORY, there is no question that the point to all this is much more than just putting on an old-fashioned costume and sitting around a campfire.   Learning and practicing an 18th Century skill makes your persona believable. It helps define your efforts and leads you down a specific path in your reenactment journey.  But, most importantly, it gives you a purpose.  If you don't think you have any specific skills, start small.  Some of the simplest 18th Century skills are the most noticeable.

Learn to sew.   You don’t have to be good at it, but be willing to try.   Sewing is one of the most used skills of any reenactor.  Whether your goal is to make your own clothing, or just have something to do whenever you are bored, or just want to look busy.

Learn to cook over an open fire.  Coffee does count for this one.  Boil the water, drop in the coarsely-ground coffee beans, and let it steep.  Voila!    

 

Craftsmen/Tradesmen

Listed below are trades/occupations of inhabitants/workers of Kaskaskia.

These trades/occupations were derived from early Kaskaskia records.

Mason

Smith

Blacksmith

Master Carpenter

Master Joiner

Tailor

Carpenter

Locksmith

Roofer

Master Mason

Master Toolmaker

Interpreter

Shingler

Gunsmith

Miller

Tavern Keeper

Master Barber Surgeon

Master Smith

Master Turner

Blacksmith

Soldier

Sawyer

Baker

Master wig-maker

This list is just a sample of Trades/Occupations in Kaskaskia during the mid 1700’s. 

There are many more Trades/Occupations that were around the Colonies and Frontier.