• 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?

Free State Hotel at Fort Scott, directly across from it was the Western or ProSlavery Hotel

Fort Scott is the only NPS unit that was directly involved in "Bleeding Kansas". Fort Scott was a proslavery town, but many free staters lived in the surrounding area. Located on the grounds was the Western or Proslavery Hotel, directly across from it was the Fort Scott or Free State Hotel.