Middleton Plantation Workshop Tour

//Middleton Plantation Workshop Tour

In my above video  I share my recent tour of the traditional carpenter & cooper workshop in at Middleton Place, a former plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Sorry, the video is a little shaky. But fortunately my photos below are not!

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Ahhh, what could be better than a traditional workshop in a heavenly location like this? (pssst…ignore the aligators)

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Nobody was manning their workshop station while I poked my head into this workshop, so I just gave myself a tour. I really don’t know any history about this workshop. I only know that I felt great being inside it!

Middleton Plantation Workshop

A few wooden plow planes, jack planes, and jointer planes.

Middleton Plantation Workshop

The workshop seems to be entirely lit by candles, which gave it an amazing feeling.

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Middleton Plantation Workshop

I love photographing different styles of shaving horses, and admiring the craftsmanship. Unfortunately the modern-day craftsman that built this reproduction shaving horse missed some critical details: He/she put all the pegs & wedges in line with the bench’s grain. When the wedge expands outward it causes the board to split…below is a perfect example of what I saw on nearly all the wooden benches at Middleton Place! A sure sign that all the benches were made by the same person.

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Yes, my family and I got to milk this lovely cow…mmm…warm milk.

Middleton Plantation Workshop

Sorry, but I just have to share some photos of my little family in a lovely place.

Middleton Plantation Workshop

 

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Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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