This man was working hard at splitting this large piece of wood to carve it into a piece of clapboard. He was kind enough to stop and talk with vistors to the area and explain the process.

“For the outside of the house, the colonists cut down trees and split the wood to make thin boards called clapboard. The clapboards were then nailed together over the frame of the house. It usually took between two and three months to make a house, from framing it, to covering it with clapboards, to making the wattle and daub, and then to thatching it. Work on the finishing touches sometimes went on for a few more months even after the family had started living inside of it.” (Information taken from the Plimoth Plantation website)