Historic Images of Woodworkers


I’ve always loved seeing period depictions of woodworkers at work. To see the way their tools are stored, their posture while working, and even shop conditions brings these makers to life for me. I have for years been downloading images I found online when they were particularly interesting. It’s been helpful but I often lost track of where I got them.

When I recently did a Google image search for an old painting, I realized upon clicking on it that it was hosted on Pinterest. I had never signed up for Pinterest because it seemed like there wasn’t much of interest to me. Lots of knitting and home décor stuff. But this time when I clicked to the “board” that this particular image was on (“pinned to”), I saw tons more paintings, drawings, and photographs of woodworkers that I hadn’t seen before.

For those of you that don’t know, Pinterest is a website on which you can organize your favorite images you find online. After you sign up for a free account, you can view the collections of images from people with the same interest as you. For me, I’ve found a pile of pre-industrial woodworkers. I “pinned” them all on one board so that you can see them together.

So, if you’d like to see this gallery of images, check out it out here.

I don’t know much about Pinterest but I expect one of these days I’ll make a board of furniture images that I like. For now, check out these woodworkers.