Village D'antan in Drummondville

I went to do a visit with the family at a village that recreates the period of 1810-1930 in the region of the province of Québec.  We went to visit le Village d’Antan in Drummondville, Québec and it was a very informative visit, recreating a typical village of that period in the province I live.  
For sure I had a certain focus for woodworking or relating posts so here we go : 
We started in the Wood Shop of village and found interesting tools used around that period.  The first picture depicts a work bench with a leg vise on the left side (supposing the worker was right handed).  Different from our version but still is use by many….  including myself.  

Leg vise on an old workbench
Leg vise on an old workbench

Some leg joints used in the workbench
Leg Joint on a workbench
Leg Joint on a workbench

Some brace and bits we displayed on the wall to bore holes in the pieces of wood in use in the wood shop
Braces of varying ages
Braces of varying ages
Brace bits
Brace bits

Included is a video of a hand operated Band saw.  The hand crank is on the lower wheel and does not differ too much mechanically from todays models.  A bit less secure but did not have multiple horse powered motors on them 🙂

Another model of a band saw was found in a later visited building, showing more mechanical items, including this motored bandsaw of the early 1900s 
Old metal band saw
Old metal band saw

Visiting the other building and houses provided multiple occasion to see the furniture of the period.  Multiple cabinets based on frame and panels to store linens and clothes.  Tables of Multiple designs were done with various details.  Smaller cabinets found in the Apothecary to store different medicines of the time.  
Frame and panel cabinet
Frame and panel cabinet

Small dark table
Small dark table

Rocking chair with leather upholstery
Rocking chair with leather upholstery

Frame and panel cabinet
Frame and panel cabinet

Sofa with leather upholstery
Sofa with leather upholstery

Small apothecary cabinet
Small apothecary cabinet

Another place that was pretty nice to visit was the sawyers where they would prepare the lumber to be used around the village.  The saw was still in action, based on a water powered turbine, it would saw the different timber that would be presented to it.  View the small video to see it in operation.

Bruno Quesnel

Craftperson Responsible for this site

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