Material Culture

Jon Kay on August 30, 2013

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia801904.us.archive.org/8/items/AAEpisode38TheChesapeakHouse/AA%20Episode%2038%20The%20Chesapeak%20House.mp3Podcast: Download () In this episode I talk with Carl Lounsbury an Architectural historian who has worked in the Research Department at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 1982. He and noted material culture scholar Cary Carson are the editors of a new book that has been more than thirty years in the making, The Chesapeake […]

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Jon Kay on December 18, 2012

http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601600.us.archive.org/30/items/TheColorfulCanesOfJohnSchoolmanPresentation/Sequence01_2.mp4Podcast: Download (55.1MB) I know it has been a while since I made a podcast post. I thought I would share a 7-minute piece/talk I gave as part of the American Folklore Society Meeting in New Orleans this past fall.  I focus on the work of John Schoolman, a friend of mine who made beautiful […]

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Jon Kay on September 17, 2012

This past weekend I got to try my hand at stone carving. It reaffirmed my belief that one of the most powerful research methods in historical craft is the hands-on approach. It is amazing how much a you can learn just by trying your hand at making a quilt, building a banjo or baking bread. […]

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http://media.blubrry.com/artisanancestors/p/ia601502.us.archive.org/18/items/Episode27_historicPhotographsAndMaterialCultureResearch/ArtisanAncestorPodcast27_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Download (32.2MB) A ton of information is embedded in historic photographs, especially when the images include artisans and handmade objects. In this episode of the Artisan Ancestors, I talk about my work identifying, organizing, and analyzing historic photograms. Focusing on my work with pictures of oak rod baskets from Southern Indiana,  I share how […]

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