My So-Called Pilgrim Life

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Come to Plimoth Plantation this Veteran’s Day!

November 9th, 2009 by admin

Do you have plans this Veteran’s Day? All Veteran’s and Active Duty Personnel visit for FREE on Veteran’s Day! Plimoth Plantation has great events and activities scheduled throughout the day, including militia practice in the English Village! Come on down this Wednesday!

Please come, we’d love to hear your stories and hope you want to hear ours. While I am normally on the road as a Museum Teacher for the Education Department this time of year, I WILL be in the village this Vet’s Day as Capt. Myles Standish. I think he would be proud for me to doff my hat and give a comradely bow to you for your service.

Thank you very much Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Coasties!


4 Responses to “Come to Plimoth Plantation this Veteran’s Day!”

  1. I recently visited Plimouth on monday 26th October. It was fantastic. During my visit I met the man riving cladding for the village. An englishman whose skills were exceptional. In a few brief, but unforgettable, moments he taught me the rudiments of riving the white oak for the boarding. There are a couple more questions I would like to ask if I could have a contact with this fine craftsman. it concerns his tripod workbench which has some unusual details which should not be overlooked.

    If you know this craftsman please pass this message on to him. His hard work is not in vain.

    Kind regards

    Sean Rawnsley France.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you so much for coming to our blog! It means we are getting out there.
    It was one of probably only a few people. If you could give a brief description, I’ll have him reply here.

    Thanks, and please come again.


  3. Buddy,

    Thanks for your reply. The craftsman I speak of is one of two people assigned to producing cladding board on 26th october, unfortunately I cannot remember his name. He the slightly older with short beard. He was using a tripod form of bench and uses a froe and side axe for riving the boarding. He was wearing faded russet loose fit trousers and a pale green knitted close fitting hat. His colleague wearing pale green trousers, grey jerkin and grey knitted hat, was largely responsible for cleaving the logs themselves. Many thanks if you could have him reply.

    Many thanks


  4. admin says:

    Rick McKee replies:
    “Hello Sean,

    Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you had a good visit.

    The riving “brake” we use in the “pilgrim” village is fairly simple. We also use a second riving break made with modern hardware for use off-site. I’ll attempt to get a few photos of both brakes next week and post them on the blog to help illustrate construction.

    As you’ve seen, the village brake is a tripod with two rails attached at a convenient height. The horizontal rails (made of roughly dimensioned and squared stock) have been lapped into two of the tripod’s legs. This gives them a shoulder which offers them greater support during the riving process. The rails taper across the uprights from about 2 to 12 inches, to correspond with the tapered bolts of material we put in. The top of the tripod of our brake in the village is simply lashed with a length of cord. The top of our modern riving brake is held by a bolt.

    For added support, we sometimes put a rail between one of the front two legs and the rear leg. Occasionally, the stock being riven will pick up the rear leg of the tripod. We have attached a block or some form of weight to the brake’s rear leg to keep it grounded.

    I’ll take a closer look at both of our brakes next week, Sean, and get some pictures as well. I’m sure I’m leaving out some important details.

    Thank you so much for your interest. We’d like to hear more of your endeavors!”

    Thanks, Rick!

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