Williams, 88, is an educator, lecturer, columnist, and author. He has written eleven books on local and Adirondack history.
You can listen to the podcast here.
Williams says he owes a lot to his grandfather, John Whitman, “He was a carpenter, Adirondack guide and farmer up in the Adirondacks. And I inherited all my love of the Adirondacks and my love of tools and all those things from my grandfather. He was my inspiration for writing the book and getting all that information down that includes the stories in the ways the tools were used.”
A “spud” for example was used to pull bark off hemlock trees. Hemlock bark was used to produce tannic acid for tanning leather, a process that provided employment in the north woods especially in the 1800s and 1900s.
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