Back in March I visited the Dodge County Historical Society in Beaver Dam. 15 catalog entries for artifacts from their collections can now be viewed online in the Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database. My favorite artifact from Beaver Dam would have to be the board chair (above) said to have been made by early local settler Joseph Weishaupt around 1843. This chair is made in a traditional German style with the simplest of tools–a saw and a draw knife–and is joined entirely with wooden wedges and pegs–no nails, screws, or glue to be found.
Posted by Emily Pfotenhauer.