• Fort Parade Ground and Officers Quarters as seen from Guardhouse

    Fort Scott

    National Historic Site Kansas

Post Construction - Tools of the Trade

Tools Collage FroeMaulAdzeBroadaxeChisel

The tools which would be used in a construction include the following:

  • Adze: an ax like tool for trimming and smoothing wood with a curved metal blade at right angles to the handle.
  • Broad ax: an ax with a very wide blade which is used for hand hewing timbers.
  • Froe: a metal wedge shaped tool used for making shingles.
  • Maul: a wooden mallet used for striking a froe when making shingles.
  • Chisel: A tool used to cut or carve holes in the beam, generally for cutting holes for the joints.

 
 
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Did You Know?

African American, American Indian, and white soldiers trained at Fort Scott.

Soldiers at Fort Scott formed the first "rainbow coalition" during the Civil War. African American, American Indian, and Euro American soldiers fought in this area. Many, including the First Kansas Colored, Sixth Kansas Cavalry, and elements of the Indian Home Guard trained at Fort Scott.