18th Century House Joining Demonstration: A History Space Program

May 19, 2018
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Wanton Lyman Hazard House
17 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 841-8770

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On Saturday May 19, 2018 join the Newport Historical Society for the latest History Space event: 18th Century House Joining and Planemaking. From 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM this free, interactive program features house joining demonstrations from expert and historic interpreter Dan Lacroix.

House building in the 18th century was a labor-intensive process that required the skills of many tradesman. While the carpenter hewed and joined timber frame "bones" of the building, it was the house joiner who crafter the fabric of its interior woodwork. With a basic set of hand tools, the house joiner produced the paneling, wainscoting, decorative moldings, and window sash so familiar in period houses and public buildings. Dan Lacroix makes and uses reproductions of the hand planes and other tools used by the house joiner to demonstrate the process of transforming rough lumber into elements of a finished 18th century home.

Dan is a lifelong woodworker and has been demonstrating the use of 18th century hand tools since 2004. He has demonstrated at many New England museums and historic house sites including Minuteman National Historical Park.

This program takes place in the yard of the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard-House, 17 Broadway, Newport, RI. Admission is free, donations welcome.

18th Century House Joining Demonstration: A History Space Program