Seems like they must have done some woodworking there in rural Louisiana. I’m not sure when the first IKEA or Pottery Barn opened in Louisiana, but there must have been a time when they weren’t there and people had to do for themselves. Or certain people did for many. (I wonder is they were called Makers back then?)

Fortunately, many of the tools they used found their way to the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge. They are there for us to gaze upon and contemplate. This is a very good collection for a museum not specifically for tools.

One of the rarest item I saw there was a cast iron, treadle lathe. I believe it is a Holtzapffel lathe, an English tool maker in business from 1794 to 1956. This lathe could be from around 1850 as stated.

Perhaps a Holtzapffel lathe?

Perhaps a Holtzapffel lathe?

There was also this steam engine:

Top of a steam engine.

Top of a steam engine.

I found this article about using that steam engine powering the lathe.

And treadle scroll saws:

Foot powered scroll saw.

Foot powered scroll saw.

I was very interested in this saw vise with bench:

Used for saw sharpening.

Used for saw sharpening.

And a workbench and planes:

Really does look like a workbench.

Really does look like a workbench.

To see the entire set of woodworking images, click HERE.