Traditional Woodworking Tours #4: 1820s Tool Chest at the Frontier Culture Museum

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 05-19-2014 02:34 PM 3562 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Virginia's Frontier Culture Museum – 1740s Settlement Part 4 of Traditional Woodworking Tours series Part 5: George Lott’s Antique Tools & Shop at the Frontier Culture Museum (Part 1) »

By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at

This above video is a continuation of my amazing recent visit, with my family, to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. Click here to see the previous video and photos.

Steven Gallagher took time to give me a tour of his mid-19th Century tool chest. I love old tools, so this was like Christmas for me!

We also had a really great time talking about handle making. I was surprised to see that he uses the same method for securing his froe handle that I do…I thought I had invented it (see my previous video to see what I’m talking about).

Steven also introduced me to the furniture of George Lott. George is an incredible period furniture maker who studies and re-creates much of the furniture on the different Frontier Culture Museum farms (keep watching my videos…I setup a future meeting with George Lott to see his workshop). Here are some of the details of his (and maybe others’) breathtaking historic furniture from this building (much more to come from the other farmhouses):

Of course, my two little boys knew exactly what these foot-powered vice benches were called: “shaving horses!”

I believe this hay rake was actually inspired by one built by Roy Underhill (The Woodwright’s Shop):

I’ll be sharing a series of these workshops & tool chests, so make sure you subscribe to have my future articles delivered to your inbox.

About the Frontier Culture Museum

The Frontier Culture Museum is unlike anything I’ve encountered. The organization has disassembled actual period farms from England, Ireland, Germany, Africa, and different parts of the United States, then reconstructed them on several hundred acres of lush Virginia farmland. Why? To educate Americans on how our American farms were influenced by immigrants from overseas. You can see the different farms here.

What I found particularly fascinating was the woodworking tools and furniture displayed at each of the 10 farms. The staff actually use the respective tools to construct furniture and tools. It is a hands on “museum” so I just helped myself to all the amazing tool chests! The staff didn’t mind. They also didn’t mind that I constantly caressed their reproduction furniture either…although I got some strange looks.

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#1 posted 05-19-2014 03:03 PM

Very interesting video and photos.thanks for sharing those with us.

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#2 posted 05-19-2014 04:07 PM

Thanks so much Jim…glad you liked it. There will be a few more of these!

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#3 posted 05-19-2014 11:44 PM

Nice video and cute youngsters.
What were the devices your boys were playing with, you said “dumb heads”
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#4 posted 05-20-2014 12:04 AM

Thanks Bob! My boys were sitting on shaving horses. Some shaving horses have “dumb heads” that swing back & forth…of course, my boys love the name!

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