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Light My Fire

Back in "the old days"—a time period which includes the Arts & Crafts period—maintaining and managing fire(s) was an important task.  Fires might be used for lighting, cooking, heating, manufacturing and other industrial tasks.  And sometimes one needed to "transfer" (or spread) a fire from one place to another.  In a wood-burning fireplace or stove, a "Cape Cod" style "fire starter," like the one shown above, was a useful tool to have in the household.  The "pitcher"—this one is hand-hammered steel in the Arts & Crafts style—would hold a supply of lamp oil.  A wrought-iron "wand," with a soapstone "egg" at one end, would soak in the lamp oil, thus absorbing a good amount of the fuel.  This wand would...

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Following the Bronze Age, the Iron Age was the period in which iron and steel were developed for tools, weapons and other objects.  Iron—a pure element found in rocks called “iron ore”—was more difficult to extract than the copper and tin used for the earlier bronze.  However, once smelted, iron was easier and cheaper to […]

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