The Blacksmith's Shop


Because of the crucial role of iron goods in the fur trade, the blacksmith was the most important tradesman at Fort William and throughout the interior. Besides woollens, Natives prized iron pots, axes, traps, and guns above other trade goods. If interior posts had only one tradesman, it was a blacksmith who maintained and repaired guns.

While most iron goods came to Fort William already manufactured, the blacksmith who made axes, traps, fish spears, nails and bolts supplemented these. These items were needed for the fur trade and in the construction and maintenance of Fort William.