Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Eastfield Camp Offered Hands-On Operations

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Eastfield Camp Offered Hands-On Operations

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It was a dark and stormy night.. arriving on Saturday evening in a severe thunderstorm and almost nighttime darkness, it was next to impossible to read a map or the written directions. We finally made it to the lane leading to Eastfield Village. Having arrived a day early, we went to some flea markets on Sunday morning with Don Carpentier, founder of Eastfield Village and the ultimate collector.

There were relatively few vendors because of the previous night's storms. Despite this, we still found a few items worthy of our collections. Some of the group arrived Sunday afternoon, others on Monday morning. One couple chose to stay at a nearby bed and breakfast; another lived close enough to commute. There were two campers and the rest stayed in the period accommodations in the village. In all, there were ten participants, eight instructors and two cooks and administrators.

The first day's class for everyone was tinsmithing, taught by Bill McMillan. With such a knowledgeable and patient teacher, it really isn't surprising that we were all able to complete waiters (trays) and tankards that were immediately put to the test that evening in the tavern. …

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