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  • The Art and Mystery of the Cabinetmaker Crafting a Card Table

    The Art and Mystery of the Cabinetmaker Crafting a Card Table

    Colonial Williamsburg Master cabinetmaker Mack Headley shares some of the arts and mysteries of his trade as he creates a reproduction of an eighteenth-century card table.

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    In the eighteenth century, master tradesmen and women passed along their skills and techniques "the art and mystery" of their trades to apprentices. With the coming of industrialization many of those skills were lost, but through research, experimentation and practice the tradesmen and women of Colonial Williamsburg have relearned the arts and mysteries of their trades. In this video Colonial Williamsburg Master cabinetmaker Mack Headley shares some of the arts and mysteries of his trade as he creates a reproduction of an eighteenth-century card table.





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