Our artifact highlight this month is an interesting example of some of our maritime heritage collection. This object is referred to by several names such as a sailmaker’s palm, sewing palm or sailors palm thimble. The multiple names are probably a reflection of the diverse audience that would actually use one.
Sailmaker’s palm is associated with the art of sail making. This tool was important for sewing through tough material like leather and multiple layers of canvas. This “specialized glove” would protect a person’s hand from the sewing needle. The sailmaker’s palm would go over your whole hand with a hole for your thumb and a strap across the back of the hand to keep it in place. Continue reading