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Leather-Working Tools

Hometown History

August 2, 2013
By KAREN E. LIVSEY - Archivst , The Post-Journal

Early Jamestown and the surrounding area had some tanneries. The hemlock bark from the trees that were being harvested for lumber was an important ingredient for tanning hides. The tanned hides then provided the needed materials for leather workers. Leather workers could make numerous useful and needed articles for the early settlers. Leather work was also specialized. There were harness makers, saddle makers, as well as, the all -mportant shoe and boot makers. Each craft developed the tools which were used in the making of the particular item.



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