Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Interpreting The Woodsman.

The Eastern Woodsman.

Interpreting The Eastern Woodsman 1700-1760.

A woodsman was someone who spent time in the woods, either wholly or part time. The woodsman could have a variety of jobs. He could be a town tradesman, a militia man, a farmer. He could work as a ranger, a scout, a guide or a messenger. Depending on his present occupation he may travel by horse, wagon or on foot. Scouting areas for trapping was often done on foot. If he did not want to attract attention he would travel on foot and leave less sign.

Daniel Boone worked as a labourer for a Wagoner in the French and Indian war. Later he became a land owner and farmer, but he spent most of his time in the woods whilst his family looked after the farm.

The woodsman and even the woods woman are easy characters to emulate, because you have a variety of choices regarding dress and equipment.

• You do not need a horse to be a woodsman or woods woman.

• You do not need to carry steel traps.

• You have a variety of Historical Trekking scenarios to choose from.

• You can be an “Indian Influenced” woodsman.

• Men & Women can interpret this character & share this experience together.

• Woods women can wear men’s clothing or a mixture of men’s and women’s clothing.

The fur trade started very early on in the history of the New World. Woodsmen involved in the fur trade could be beaver trappers or they could hunt bear, deer, and a variety of other fur bearing animals for the skins.

Rangers were excellent woodsmen.

Interpreting Mad Ann Bailey.

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