• 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?

Col. George Croghan

Colonel George Croghan, the inspector general, visited the fort in 1844. He praised living conditions, but disliked the layout. He remarked that the hospital "interrupted in the most offensive way, the only refreshing summer breezes" One author doubted that any building could stop a Kansas wind.