Story: Building trades

Building a whare

Building a whare

This drawing by William Strutt shows six men building a small wooden hut (commonly called a whare) in Taranaki around 1855. At this time the main tools used by carpenters were axes, chisels and saws. Pioneer chimneys were often made of tree-fern trunks (as carried by the man second from left), lashed together and heavily plastered with clay.

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Pen and ink drawing by William Strutt

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Carl Walrond, 'Building trades - Early construction', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010