Q. What has three legs, shares its name with a common arthropod, and you can cook in it?

It’s a spider. A spider skillet, to be more precise.

Spider Skillet

A Spider Skillet on left. This line of objects waits to be catalogued by our intern, Rick.

A spider skillet, on the left in the image above, was used in hearth cooking in the 18-19th century. This spider skillet as well as the rake and other tools surrounding it are currently being added into our collection (a process called cataloguing) by our intern Rick Kriebel.

On a daily basis Rick will have different objects from the collection on and surrounding his work desk. I stopped into Rick’s “office” this afternoon to catch up on his latest activity. Here are a few photos of the objects and his work desk today.

Rick's Table of objects and forms

Rick's workspace. Rulers, gloves, pencils, acid free marker pens, accession forms, a dust mask, and collection objects cover his table.

Rick's work table where he accessions objects

Rick's post it notes and accession forms.

Watch for more posts covering Rick’s activity on our blog this summer!


Foot powered treadle saw

Here Rick shows me the foot powered treadle saw in our collection.


About schwenkfelder

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region. The Heritage Center offers educational programming and tours, exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year. Our blog is maintained by museum educator, Rebecca Lawrence, SLHC staff and guest bloggers.
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