The Wood Trades

The tradesmen or artisans who made useful products from wood were a numerous and vital part of the early Albany production economy. They included a wide variety of carpenters, coopers, and more specialized artisans such as gunstock makers.

This page begins to offer information on the trades and their early Albany practicioners.

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In 1756, twenty-nine individuals were identified as either carpenters or coopers on a census of householders taken by the British army.

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House carpenters

Coopers: Evert Evertsen; Peter W. Hilton; Thomas Barret



Sources: Links to websites about early American woodworkers: Course offering from Montclair State University; the Woodwright's shop; Colonial Williamsburg; link to sites on the colonial Cooper; colonial Carpenter

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