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The Louisbourg Artisans
Some of the key people employed at the Fortress of Louisbourg are the skilled craftspersons: painters, ironworkers and carpenters. They have constructed the Fortress and ensure its ongoing maintenance.
The artisans are a specialized group of craftspersons who work as part of the Historical Resources Section. The job of this group is to make reproductions for use at the historic site and to maintain these reproductions.
The shop consists of 2 artisans: one with a background in metal working and the other with a background in carpentry. The artisans, however, are not confined to their crafts. They are required to work across with a range of materials including wood, iron, pewter, copper and leather. They assemble and maintain the Tulle muskets used in the military interpretive programme, make the wood and leather bullet pouches, construct cannon carriages and polearms for officers and NCOs and assemble and maintain drums for the drum corps. They construct carts, garden tools, benches and specialized furniture pieces. They can pour pewter spoons and hammer out copper saucepans.
The photographs show some of the work carried out by the artisans at Louisbourg.