The Elfreth’s Alley Museum began a series of podcasts in 2020. The 2021 season is now underway. The most recent episode, Cabinetmakers, explores the history of woodworking in Philadelphia from the founding of the city in 1682 to the present day. I was delighted to be asked to participate in this episode. Ted Maust and everyone at the museum have done an exceptional job with all of the episodes of The Alley Cast and Cabinetmakers is no exception. In the new episode they “explore the ingrained history of woodworking in Philadelphia, from William Penn’s pamphlets advertising tree species, to the importation of mahogany felled by enslaved labor, to craftspeople such as John Head and Daniel Trotter. And while shifts toward industrialized methods doomed the artisan cabinetmaker for a time, we also look at the endurance and resurgence of wood craft in this city.”
You can listen to the episode here:
The lead sponsor for the Alley Cast series is Linode, additional support for this episode came the Center for Art in Wood, a short walk away from Elfreth’s Alley in Old City Philadelphia.