The Essential Toolbox

Eli Whitney Museum

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for ages 9 – 12


2022 Summer Program

Vikings and other explorers of the ancient world were self-sufficient and able craftspeople who solved and succeeded with the tools at hand. Mästermyr chest is a Viking Age (793–1066) tool chest found on the island of Gotland, Sweden. The trove contained the essential tools of a blacksmith and carpenter – the essentials required to make nails, wright a wheel, build a vessel. Build your own tools and use them to construct your own Mästermyr chest to hold them (and any other essential tools you need).

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