Tools of the trade

As I mentioned in my previous post about Tiller’s International, they teach folks across the world how to make use of historical tools and techniques to better their lives.  We were fortunate to receive a guided tour and got to see their program at work!


The shadows dancing across the fields and pointing at the barn in the distance caught my eye here on a break during our meeting.


One of the trades Tiller’s teaches is the art of blacksmithing.  This row of hammers looked nice to me, all lined up and ready to go.  Every thing in its place!

woven tight

Another skill they teach is chair caning.  I watched a fellow learning how to repair his chair and was able to snap this picture of the weave.  The shadows you see are all caused from the weave itself as the light was even on the chair when I took the image.  I played around with it in Lightroom a bit, experimenting with different b/w filters and settled on this one – a blue filter – as it really brought out the personality of this chair’s back rather nicely!

It’s a really special place where folks learn to apply old trades (that are otherwise going to disappear) in a modern world.


~ by Derrick Birdsall on November 28, 2011.

8 Responses to “Tools of the trade”

  1. Wonderful post, Derrick. The photographs are so interesting – I love how the shadows lead the way in the first. Excellent read.


  2. The last two images are fantastic!! LOVE the antique tone and textures!

  3. Sounds like a fascinating place!
    Very elegant, Mr. B… nicely done, sir!

  4. Looks like a great place, Derrick. I love the first image with the shadows, and really like the tone and texture of the second and third. 🙂

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