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DIYers & Makers

See the time before power tools and meet our world-class artisans in the Historic Trades. Must see for DIY and makers of all ages!


Meet the Original Makers

Visit our historic trade shops and meet some of the best craftspeople in the world. Watch as they expertly craft metal, wood, and fiber into items used throughout the city.


Get Hands-On

Try your hand at one of our 18th-century trades. Learn from our expert weavers and leatherworkers about the processes used in colonial times and leave with your very own hand-crafted piece of Colonial Williamsburg.


Passholder & Hotel Guest Exclusives

Passholders and guests of Colonial Williamsburg Hotels are invited to experience curated walking tours of the Historic Area and deep-dives into our working trades. Not yet an Annual Passholder? Get your Pass today.


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Working Wood

Annual Working Wood in the 18th Century


From turned, green wood chairs to elaborate marquetry pieces, pre-industrial furniture in America took many forms and sprang from numerous traditions. With each tradition came different sets of tools, shop structures, and approaches to solving problems in a common material: wood. For this annual conference, we have brought together an impressive group of presenters to speak to some of these different traditions with an emphasis on shops and tools.