Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair 2017 Part 2 Campers and Craftsmen



well there's no doubt that the 18th century shopping experience is the primary reason for existence for the fort Frederick 18th century market fair but for me personally as much as I enjoy that what I look forward to the most is camping here in 18th century fashion and being able to see all my old friends and make new friends every year it's really the people that make this special and what I'd like to do is show you some of the people of market fair some of the campers and also some of the craftsmen who come here and ply 18th century crafts right out in the open where you can watch things being created before your very eyes and it's a lot of fun so let's let's take a look at the camp and then move on to the people well it is a beautiful morning at market fair and this is just a little view of the main camping area it's filling in pretty nicely and then of course there's my camp up here in the cove just kind of a little a little bay in the wood line here beautiful clear blue sky I think we're in for a good day as you would expect backwoodsmen and long hunters are well represented among the impressions here a lot of people portray that but there are also a lot of people who portray townsman weather of the middle classes or even some upper-class snobs you'll see parading around but all of them have very interesting modes a dress and they're well worth watching so let's just take a little look at the frontiersman and the townsmen here at Fort Frederick market fair her market fare besides the usual european-based reenactors you'll find a fair number of Native American reenactors representative as well and they provide a whole other dimension to the experience I'm over here with some of our native re-enactors and they have a really interesting Lodge here so I'm going to ask them to introduce themselves and tell us about their setup my name's down Spencer on the back side you can't really see this menu unless you're on the top it's a cattail mask it's a leaves for a cattail plant tied at the top and sewn through normally what I do is a cone or conical shape however when you're in sales that's not conducive to bringing people in so I'm going to lean to today on the inside I've got straw mats it's similar to maps that would have had around the inside of a wigwam or conical way they would have been dyed and decorated our different designs symmetrical some asymmetrical designs now what what nation are you guys with I portray Shawnee I mean I have no native blood thanks for trying Delaware I have some native blood but I'm not sure if it's Delaware oh pretty well you've got a great camp I'm gonna take a walk around the backside and photograph those mats so thank you very much backside of that Lodge and those are the cattail mats that they were telling us about and these are sheets of work they can also use to make Lodge very cool now let's take a look at a few of the other native reenactors at this year's fort frederick market fair the fort frederick market fair is a very family-friendly venue and there are several people that bring their kids and it's wonderful to see new generation being exposed to living history and certainly market fare is a great place to do that and you know so many of us are getting older it's it's great to see another generation coming along that's going to enjoy some of the same things that we do I'm here by the fort with Dave Crispin and his daughter Heather dave has been camping up here with me for quite a few years and if you've seen any of the videos you might recognize one of my favorite rifles was built by Dave he's a professional rifle builder but this is the first time at market fair for his daughter Heather hi Heather hey so what did you think I love it it is a lot of fun in a while no 18th century living better real treat just stay dry last night I did yes my friends decide us they had a little bit of episode but it's all part of 18th century living right so you think you'll be back to market fare again well that's great of course some of the characters that you run into a market fare are just that characters is here's a look at some that you can see on the streets of market fare on any given day at fort frederick and market fare you also get the opportunity to see artisans playing actual 18th century crafts I'm here with Effie we'll Cooper and this is some of his work over here now what are these were these made out of what would use ok Cooper is like this which is called white Cooper in a small buckets and straight side vessels are made mostly of soft woods applying white pine white cedar Cypress that paper would depending on your locality and which was typically historically correct the large whiskey barrels would have made out of white oak which is worse much heavier to work with the the hoops do you fit the hoop to the bucket or do you fit the bucket to the hoops you have no you would actually fit you would make your container first something like this and you have a heavy set of what's called truss hoops which are a heavy metal graduated size they use this to construct a via the vessel once you have it finished with the bottom in then you would take these heavy trusteth off and put your metal hoops or whatever you have to measure and put it in place and each particular bucket because nothing runs a constant size perfect this is one of the great things at the market Fair where it's not a crib joinery you can watch somebody ply in actual 18th century crafts and just move a few feet and shop for a fine 18th century hand crafts of another type this is shell Browder the blacksmith and what are you making welded ring for a fielding speed and repair on the forge that's scarfed and closed well that wraps up our look at campers and craftsman and in the next and final episode of the 2017 fort frederick market fair series we'll take a look at some of the military re-enactors that make the experience so much fun so stay tuned

11 Comments

  • CAMP CRAFTER

    April 13, 2019

    Even some upper class snobs! ha!

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  • Tommy Gun

    April 13, 2019

    Loving it! We have similar fairs in Scandinavia too…
    Even from the viking age…with viking villages etc.

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  • Chris Rennirt

    April 13, 2019

    Another great video, Mike! Thanks!

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  • Steve buckskinner 54

    April 13, 2019

    Sure am looking forward to part 3. ?

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  • Daniel Rumberger

    April 13, 2019

    Great video would love to go one year.

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  • cavtroopermunoz

    April 13, 2019

    I'd like to send my kids there for a couple of months to get a real education.

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  • rls303

    April 13, 2019

    So very cool. Thanks

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  • bubble head

    April 13, 2019

    very interesting,, thanks Mike!

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  • 1717jbs

    April 13, 2019

    Always interesting. Thanks Mike.

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  • Englishman French

    April 13, 2019

    Excellent! This could have gone on for another hour, what is the title of the music ?

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  • Steve buckskinner 54

    April 13, 2019

    great stuff!

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